I’m here with Dr. Jyotsna Sahni, a board certified sleep medicine physician, with Northwest allied physcians. Doctor, what is a sleep study?
A sleep study is an overnight test, when we invite you to spend the night, have you come at 8 or 9 o’clock at night. But what we during the night is observe you sleep, and were looking at four different things. The first thing is put about eight stickers on your head to look at your brain waves, so we know what stage of sleep you are in. The second thing we do is look at your heart rate and rhythm to look for heart issues. The third thing we do is look for muscle activity to see if you kick more than the average person or grind more than the average person during the night. But usually the biggest reason to do a sleep study Is to look for breathing. Listening for snoring, is mild, moderate, or severe, is it only on your back or possibly also on your side. We also have a little finger monitor looking at your oxygen levels, we don’t want them to drop to far at night. Then there are two belts across your chest looking for respiratory effort, are you struggling to breath in and out.
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