Depending on the type of sleep issues their patients have, sleep doctors suggest a range of tests and treatments, including:
Sleep Consultation: This is used to evaluate and get to the bottom of a patient’s sleep issues. It takes a comprehensive look at a patient’s health history and sleep habits.
Blood tests: Blood tests can be done to look for things that can mess with your sleep, like thyroid issues.
Sleep Apnea Tests Include:
Non-invasive sleep tests are used to assess and diagnose sleep disorders. They’re done based on the type of sleep disorder you suspect. For example, if you think you have sleep apnea, they’ll observe you while you sleep in a lab overnight. If you think you have narcolepsy, they’ll watch you while you sleep and wake up for a few naps in the lab.
- Nocturnal Polysomnography – Nocturnal polysomnography (NPSG) is a comprehensive sleep study conducted overnight to evaluate and diagnose various sleep disorders. This test involves monitoring multiple physiological parameters while an individual sleeps. The purpose is to gather data on different aspects of sleep and identify any abnormalities or disruptions in the sleep cycle.
- Home Sleep Tests – these tests, while not as thorough or accurate, are less invasive and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. They typically measure blood oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing patterns and airflow.
Sleep Log for tracking things like when you go to bed, when you wake up, and how sleepy you are during the day. It’s used to help diagnose and treat insomnia and other sleep disorders.
During sleep tests, patients are hooked up to sensors that determines on how they’re sleeping, how they’re moving around, how much oxygen they’re getting, and how they’re breathing.
Note: If you have sleep apnea, it’s important to stay away from heavy drinking and taking sleeping pills or any other drugs that can cause heavy sedation, which can make your sleep get worse. Talk to your doctor about any medications that can cause this and how to avoid them.