How does a SLEEP TEST Work?
It is important to remember that a sleep study can help eliminate or illuminate problems or issues in your sleep.
Both outcomes are positive.
What happens in a sleep study?
A sleep study is a non-invasive set of tests that monitor you while you sleep to see what’s happening in your brain and body. A “complete” study once required staying overnight in a hospital or sleep center, but the marvels of technology and miniaturisation now allow home studies that collect almost all of the same information.
Doing your study in your own home and in your own bed also reduces anxiety levels, comfort levels and timing preferences of patients, meaning better studies.
As you sleep, an EEG monitors your sleep stages and the cycles of REM and non-REM sleep you go through during the night, to identify possible disruptions in your sleep patterns. A sleep study also measures things such as oxygen levels in your blood (through a finger sensor), heart and breathing rates, snoring, and some body movements. Enough information in fact, that our Home Studies meet the requirements for Bulk-Billing through Medicare.
For most people without other health issues, a Home Study provides the data needed for diagnosis of disorders. In the unlikely event that questions do arise, you may need to do further tests.
From this information, and discussion with you, a qualified Sleep Physician will diagnose and tailor a treatment plan based on your needs and expectations.
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