Information on what a sleep study is and how to get one.
What should I do after SleepCheck?
You should discuss the results with your doctor. Your doctor may recommend that you take a sleep study to confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnoea.
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What is a sleep study?
A sleep study is a comprehensive test that records data about you while you sleep. It's also known as a polysomnogram (PSG). A PSG measures your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, heart rate, breathing, eye and leg movements. The results are reviewed by a sleep specialist who will be able to discuss the results and any treatment that you may need.
How do I get a sleep study?
You should first discuss your concerns with your doctor. Your doctor may refer you to a sleep specialist who will manage your sleep study. Alternatively, many pharmacies in Australia offer private at-home sleep testing.
Do I need to go to hospital for a sleep study?
No. While sleep studies are often performed in a hospital or clinic environment, a home-based sleep study may be suitable.
What happens in a sleep study?
When you arrive at the sleep study clinic or hospital, a technician will apply a number of small sensors to your head and body. These sensors measure and are then connected to a computer (normally on a bedside table) with wires. Belts will be wrapped around your chest and abdomen to measure your breathing. A pulse oximeter may be placed on your finger to monitor oxygen levels in your bloodstream.
After sleeping the night, the sleep specialist will review the data and then organise a follow-up appointment to discuss these results and any treatment options that you may need.
What happens in a home-based sleep study?
Before the study, a sleep technician will show you how to apply the sensors to your body, connect them to the monitoring device and how to start and stop the recording. Before you go to sleep, you will attach the sensors and then start the recording.
In the morning, you simply remove all the equipment and then return the equipment to the sleep study provider. The sleep specialist will then review the data and then organise a follow-up appointment to discuss these results and any treatment options that you may need.
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