The Memorial Hospital Respiratory Care Department offers sleep study services locally for individuals who struggle with getting restful sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea include waking up feeling tired and feeling sleepy during the day.
A good night’s sleep doesn’t have to be something you can only wish for. If you usually wake up feeling tired or are often sleepy during the day, you may benefit from a sleep study.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study consists of a number of medical tests performed at the same time during sleep. The tests measure specific sleep characteristics and help to diagnose sleep disorders.
The basic tests may include:
•Electroencephalography (EEG) – this
measures brain wave activity
• Electrooculogram (EOG) – this measures eye movement
• Electromyelography (EMG) – this measures muscle movement
• Other tests – An electrocardiogram (ECG) may be used to capture electrical activity of the heart. Video recordings may also be part of the procedure.
Sleep studies generally take place in a sleep lab during a person’s normal sleeping hours. The goal is to record brain and body activity that occurs during sleep so that sleep disorders can be diagnosed and treated.
Doctors trained in sleep medicine evaluate test results to determine a course of action and resolve sleep related issues. A trained sleep technician will be with you in the sleep lab during the testing period.
For more information about sleep study services, call the Memorial Hospital Respiratory Care Department at 263-6669.