If you need a sleep study to learn more about your daytime sleepiness, you may have questions about what to expect.
At Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep in St. Petersburg, Florida, our skilled sleep specialists Ashok Tyagi, DO, CPE, and Himanshu Chandarana, MD, offer in-lab sleep testing to assess your sleep habits.
While it may feel strange to sleep in a lab, our staff makes every effort to keep you comfortable. Here’s a little insight into what you can expect before, during, and after your sleep study:
Before your sleep study
Before we recommend sleep testing, our physicians learn more about your symptoms and bedtime routine. This information can help identify what’s causing issues like:
- Gasping for breath
- Daytime sleepiness
- Excessive sleepiness
- Frequent waking
- Difficulties falling asleep
You may also need bloodwork or other diagnostic tests before your sleep study to identify underlying medical issues that can disrupt your sleep.
If you need in-lab sleep testing, we provide guidance to help you prepare for your visit. For starters, bring an overnight bag with comfortable clothing and anything else you need to relax. Include any medications you take and a change of clothes for the morning.
During your sleep study
Our sleep lab features advanced technologies that capture information about your health as you sleep. When you arrive, we help you get settled, then connect sensors to your body.
These sensors record data about your:
- Heart rate
- Eye movements
- Brain waves
- Blood oxygen levels
- Breathing patterns
Our sleep specialists also collect information about the movement of your arms and legs when you sleep.
The sensors remain in place throughout the night. We make the environment as comfortable as possible and monitor your sleep habits using a low-light camera. Our team is available if you need to use the bathroom or have any concerns while you’re in the lab.
After your sleep study
Your sleep testing ends when you wake in the morning. We remove your sensors and you’re free to get dressed and leave.
Our physicians carefully review the information collected during your sleep study. If we see signs of sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, we may request a follow-up visit.
In addition to sleep testing, we also treat sleep disorders. For instance, if you have obstructive sleep apnea, we may recommend a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that delivers supplemental oxygen through a face mask you wear when sleeping.
Our team also can provide resources to help you make lifestyle and diet changes that improve your sleep quality. We may prescribe medications that help you sleep through the night.
Call Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep today to learn more about the benefits of in-lab sleep testing.