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To uncover the secrets of your sleep, sleep studies conducted in a sleep center or in the comfort of your home can provide valuable insights. "Sleep studies are diagnostic tools used to monitor various physiological parameters during sleep. These studies help us understand sleep patterns, identify sleep disorders, and determine the most appropriate treatment strategies,” says Ramiz Fargo, MD, sleep medicine specialist at Loma Linda University Health.

Completing a sleep study is simple since most time is spent sleeping. Meanwhile, experts use specialized equipment to measure the quality of sleep. The study is non-invasive but does require some wires to be attached to the body. Most people adjust to these and fall asleep comfortably.

While sleeping, sleep technologists monitor brain activity, body movements, breathing patterns, eye movements, and heart rhythm. Sleep technologists are there to help if anything is needed during the night.

Complete a study from the comfort of your own bed

If unable to stay overnight at the sleep center, experts offer at-home sleep testing with a home sleep test device and easy-to-follow instructions. After testing, drop off the device at the sleep center and the team will begin processing the results. Primary care doctors can help decide if completing your sleep study at home is best.

Talk to your doctor if you experience these common symptoms:

  • Extreme daytime sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Abnormal body movements
  • High anxiety

The setup for an at-home study is simpler than an in-lab study. A sleep technologist will provide a portable monitoring device with sensors for measuring oxygen levels, heart rate, airflow, and snoring. They will guide you on how to apply the sensors before bedtime. While an at-home study offers convenience, Fargo says it's important to follow instructions carefully to ensure accurate results.

Understanding your sleep patterns through these studies can lead to improved sleep quality, better daytime functioning, and enhanced overall well-being. Learn more about the Sleep Disorders Center and schedule a sleep study today.

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