Understanding Your Sleep Study

Sleep is the foundation of your health. If your sleep suffers, your health suffers. But to improve your sleep, you need to first understand why the quantity and/or quality of it has diminished. That is the purpose of a sleep study.

What Is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study involves recording and analyzing data about your sleep. In order to gather adequate data, six to eight hours of natural sleep needs to be recorded so that we can evaluate:

  • Brain waves and eye movements
  • Brain wave abnormalities (seizures)
  • The total amount of time you actually sleep
  • Time spent in REM and deep sleep (related to memory and dementia prevention)
  • How many times your sleep is disturbed and why
  • Breathing difficulty (apnea) and its causes
  • Other possible reasons for sleep disturbances, like underlying depression or pain disorders
  • Nightmares or sleep terrors
  • Teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism)
  • Acting out violently on dream contents
  • Confusional arousals
  • Heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias)
  • Leg and violent body movements
  • Restless legs or periodic leg movements
  • Oxygen saturation (dynamic changes throughout the night)

Patients in the greater Albuquerque, NM area can get sleep studies done in a comfortable environment that allows you to rest as you would at home at Neurology & Sleep Medicine.

Why Should I Get a Sleep Study?

A sleep study is necessary to understand the type (and possibly the cause) of your sleep problem. It is only with careful diagnosis of your sleep disorder that an effective treatment can be prescribed or recommended.

How is a Sleep Study Conducted?

For a sleep study, a technician places electrodes (similar to EKG used for heart study) over your head and body (all outside your body, not invasive). The electrodes only collect biological signals; nothing is delivered to your body like radiation during an X-ray/CT scan or electromagnetic waves in an MRI.

Then, you simply go to sleep as you would at home. Infrared cameras in the sleep labs allow the technicians to observe body movements and utterances while the electrodes monitor internal body states and functions. The sleep technologist is available all the time to help you, to unhook the cable for you to go to bathroom, for instance, as well as observe and record your study.

If you visit for a CPAP titration sleep study, everything is the same as a

See How to Prepare for Your Sleep Study for more information about the sleep study experience.

What Happens after a Sleep Study?

When you get a sleep study at Neurology & Sleep Medicine, your sleep study evaluation is done by Dr. Ramasamy, a board certified specialist in sleep medicine and neurology.  He will review the results with you and discuss your treatment options, which vary based on the type, severity and suspected cause of your sleep problem.

If you are experiencing poor sleep quality or suspect a sleep disorder, please contact us to schedule your initial consultation.

Your sleep study is the first step towards better sleep and better health. Call Neurology & Sleep Medicine to schedule an initial consultation today.

Sleep: The Foundation of Your Health—We Can Strengthen It.