Sleep Study Overview

A Sleep Study: What Is It and How Does it Work?

Polysomnography refers to a method of evaluating multiple physiologic variables. By convention, this term has become associated with overnight evaluations involving sleep state determination.

Premier Sleep Disorders Center utilizes computerized polysomnographic equipment which collects and stores up to 16 channels of digital physiologic data per bed. Registered Polysomnographic Technologists set up the patients and monitor all night recordings. Reports are generated and data from these recordings is reviewed by a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist. After this review, the report is given to the appointed medical director. He reviews the record for technical competency and sleep-related pathology, performs an interpretation, and consults with the referring physician.

Premier Sleep Disorders Center performs both nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) and BIPAP (bi-level positive airway pressure) titrations on patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Registered Polysomnographic Technologists perform these titrations in the sleep laboratory. The pressure is titrated until all respiratory events including snoring are alleviated.

The sleep center evaluates a wide range of sleeping disorders including the parasomnias, insomnia, and narcolepsy on adolescent through adult populations.

Healthy Sleep Tips for Better Sleep from Premier Sleep Disorders Center

  • Plan regular hours of sleep time. Have a regular time you go to bed and a time to get up each day, even on weekends.
  • Avoid stimulants and drugs that disturb sleep. Caffeine and nicotine are prime culprits as are some cold remedies and over the counter diet aids.
  • Exercise in the late afternoon or early evening, but avoid strenuous exercise just before bedtime.
  • Don't go to bed either hungry or immediately after eating a large meal. A light snack or a glass of warm milk before bedtime may be appropriate.
  • Avoid alcohol in the evening. Although alcohol causes sleepiness, it disrupts sleep later, often causing early morning awakenings.
  • Sleep in the right setting. The bedroom should be as dark and quiet as possible, with a comfortable temperature.
  • Use the bedroom only for sleeping. There should be no reminders of work or other stresses- for instance, no desk where bills lie stacked.
  • Set aside time before you go to bed to mentally unwind.

Do's and Don'ts of Sleep from Premier Sleep Disorders Center

  • Do follow your doctor's instructions.
  • Do take your medication exactly as prescribed.
  • Do tell your doctor if you are engaged in shift work, or if you are required to travel regularly across time zones.
  • Don't ignore your bed partners if they report loud snoring or repetitive leg movements.
  • Don't assume that poor sleep is a normal function of aging.
  • Don't focus on sleeping difficulties. Develop a mental attitude that expects to get a good night.

Contact Premier Sleep Disorders Center with questions or to make an appointment and we’ll be happy to help you.