A sleep study is often recommended for those who have a bad relationship with sleep.
When it comes to insomnia, members of our insomnia help forums often find them to be less than helpful (usually they're simply told they have insomnia - something they already knew).
However, a sleep study can be useful when it comes to diagnosing other sleep disorders and in shedding light on how much sleep you actually get.
I get a lot of questions about sleep studies, but the most common one is always from people asking what actually happens at one.
Today, I'll share the general process.
If you've undergone a sleep study, please share your experience in the comments section at the end of this post.
Before you undergo the sleep study, your doctor (or one at the sleep center) will evaluate your symptoms and learn more about your relationship with sleep.
You'll generally check into the sleep center in the evening of the sleep study. The room where you sleep will typically look like a hotel room.
You'll have sensors attached to your head, chest, fingers and legs. These help monitor your breathing, heartbeat, blood oxygen, brainwaves and leg movement.
You may be given a sleep aid to help you fall asleep.
When you wake the next day, all the sensors will be removed from your body and you'll leave the sleep center.
A follow-up appointment to discuss the results will generally be arranged for a future date.
At your follow-up appointment, you will discuss your results, a diagnosis will be made and a treatment plan should be drawn up.
Last updated: December 27, 2012