What is a Sleep Study?

Get to know more about sleep studies, why they are performed, and what to expect.

Dealing with sleep problems that are impacting your health, well-being, and quality of life? There are many reasons people turn to our Loganville and Conyers, GA, board-certified pulmonologist and sleep specialist Dr. Jeannot for a sleep test. This nighttime evaluation can detect a wide range of sleep disorders so that our team can map out a treatment plan that works best for you and helps you get the quality sleep you deserve.

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study also referred to as polysomnography, is a nighttime evaluation performed in our Loganville and Conyers, GA, clinic that allows our team to monitor everything from respiration and heart rate to oxygen level and muscle movement to detect common sleep disorders. If you are experiencing sleep disturbances or signs of a sleep disorder, our sleep specialist Dr. Jeannot may recommend this nighttime sleep test. A sleep study can detect,

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Sleepwalking
  • Chronic insomnia

What can you expect from a sleep study? 

You’ll stay in our clinic overnight in most instances, so it’s important to pack everything you need to sleep here (from bedclothes to contact cases, toiletries, and medications). Our team will let you know if you need to stop taking any medicines before your sleep test.

The technician will adhere electrodes or sensors to your head, temples, and body. These sensors are connected to a computer where our tech will monitor your vitals, eye movement, body position, and more throughout the night. You won’t need a whole night’s rest to get the results we need to detect a sleep disorder.

If the tech detects signs of sleep apnea, they may come into the room and fit you with a CPAP machine that will help keep your airways open while you sleep to see if that improves your sleep quality and breathing. We will remove the electrodes in the morning, and you’ll leave our clinic. We’ll also provide you with a follow-up appointment for us to go over the results. You can return to your daily routine and activities immediately after your sleep study.

We all know the importance of sleep. If you are dealing with persistent sleep disturbances, it may be time to schedule a sleep test with the Loganville and Conyers, GA, the team at Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. To learn more, call us at (678) 928-9700.