Are There Different Types of Sleep Tests?

Are There Different Types of Sleep Tests?

How a sleep test from your sleep specialist in Columbia, SC, can help you sleep well

If you are having trouble getting to sleep or falling asleep, you are not alone. Occasional sleeping difficulty is normal, but if you are frequently having difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, you could have a sleep disorder. Your sleep specialist can help. The sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC, provide comprehensive services including sleep tests, to treat sleep disorders and help you sleep better.

There are five main types of sleep tests:

A polysomnogram, which measures and records your brain waves, oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing, and eye and leg movements. A polysomnogram is helpful to diagnose:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Narcolepsy
  • Chronic insomnia
  • REM sleep behavior disorder

A multiple sleep latency test (MSLT), which tests for daytime sleepiness and how fast you fall asleep in the daytime. An MSLT is helpful to diagnose:

  • Narcolepsy
  • Idiopathic hypersomnia

CPAP titration, which is helpful to manage:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Central sleep apnea
  • Hypoventilation

Split Night Study, which is helpful to:

  • Diagnose obstructive sleep apnea
  • Titrate a CPAP

Maintenance of wakefulness test, which monitors how well you can stay awake. This test is helpful to:

  • Determine the success of CPAP therapy, medication, or other sleep treatment
  • Measure a person’s ability to stay awake if the person’s occupation requires staying awake, in the case of truck drivers, pilots, and others

In addition to sleep testing and treatment from your sleep specialist, there are other steps you can take to help with getting to sleep and staying asleep. You should:

  • Limit your caffeine intake
  • Don’t eat a large meal before going to sleep
  • Keep televisions and other blue screen devices out of your bedroom
  • Start a relaxation ritual such as taking a bath, reading a book, or meditation

You don’t have to suffer from lack of sleep when relief is just a phone call away. To find out more about the different types of sleep tests and how they can help you, call the sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC. You can reach them in the office by calling (803) 251-3093, so call today.

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