What is a Sleep Test?

What is a Sleep Test?

How sleep tests from your sleep specialist in Columbia, SC, can help you enjoy better sleep

If you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, you may have a sleep disorder. The first step in the diagnosis of a sleep disorder is to take a sleep test from your sleep medicine specialist. The sleep specialists at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC Dr. Richard Bogan and Dr. Laura Herpel provide a wide range of sleep medicine services, including sleep tests, to diagnose sleep disorders so you can enjoy better sleep.

When you come in for a sleep study, your sleep specialist will attach sensors to your head and areas of your body. The sensors are connected to a computer which will monitor and record your sleep levels and other factors.

Your sleep specialist may also use devices including clips and belts to measure your breathing and oxygen levels. Your sleep specialist will be in the next room monitoring your brain activity and other factors used to determine sleep patterns.

Before your sleep study, it’s important to avoid:

  • Taking a nap on the day of the sleep study
  • Drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages or foods

On the night of your sleep study, you need to bring:

  • Comfortable sleepwear
  • Reading material

A sleep test can produce a large amount of data which will take your doctor a few days to evaluate. After a comprehensive evaluation, your doctor will develop a customized treatment plan designed to help you sleep better.

Your sleep specialist may recommend:

  • An oral appliance or CPAP
  • Medication to help with sleep
  • Lifestyle and environmental modifications
  • Relaxation and stress management techniques

Sleep tests are an important diagnostic tool to help determine if you have a sleep disorder that can be treated. To learn more about what to expect during a sleep test, talk with an expert. 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 now.

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