“The following sleep studies are the most common methods used to determine what type and severity of sleeping disorder you may have. The data from these non-invasive studies are also used to prescribe the best possible treatment for you.”
A polysomnogram is a common overnight sleep test that physicians often prescribe to patients with sleep disorders. The polysomnogram, often called a PSG, measures and records activity during sleep. A polysomnogram monitors many body functions including brain activity, muscle activity, respiratory airflow, heart rhythm, eye movements and more during sleep. Polysomnograms are used to diagnose or rule out sleeping disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs, parasomnias, and other sleeping disorders. It is important to remember that a polysomnogram is not a test, but instead a painless, in-depth recording of how well you sleep. After you complete your overnight polysomnogram, our board-certified sleep medicine physician will review the data collected to diagnose any disorder that may exist. The polysomnogram will also reveal the severity of the disorder and give the physician guidance to the proper treatment to prescribe.
If the results of your polysomnogram test reveals you have sleep apnea; your physician may recommend that you have a CPAP Titration. The CPAP Titration is identical to a polysomnogram with the addition of a medical device known as a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP). This machine blows pressurized air into the nose via a mask to eliminate the snoring and pauses in breathing that sleep apnea produces. The CPAP Titration is an overnight sleep study used to determine the most effective airflow setting for your CPAP machine. The test also ensures that you have been given the right mask that will produce the best possible results. CPAP Titrations are often recommended for those who have currently use a CPAP machine annually. This is to ensure that your symptoms have not worsened or your changed. If you are a current CPAP user, it is beneficial to get your machine re-titrated during a CPAP Titration test. Our office can accommodate the re-titration at our Citrus County Office.
The Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) tests for excessive daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you fall asleep in a quiet environment during the day. determines how sleepy you are by measuring how long it takes you to fall asleep. This test is often performed during the day. During this test, you will take four or five 15-minute naps scheduled about two hours apart. Between the naps, you must try to stay awake. During this test, just like the Polysomnogram and the CPAP Titration, numerous body functions will be monitored. After your test, a board-certified sleep physician will use the results to verify or rule out a diagnosis of narcolepsy, or other sleep disorder.
The Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT) is used to measure how alert you are during the day. This test is often used for people with sleeping disorders that have jobs that involve public transportation or safety professionals. During this test, you will be asked to stay awake for as long as you can during different times throughout the day. Just like the polysomnogram and other sleep studies described, numerous body functions including heart rate, respiratory flow, and muscle movement will be measured during the test. After completion, our board-certified sleep doctor will review your results to determine your diagnosis and treatment, if needed.