The sleep apnea test has been developed because many patients often don't know how to distinguish between feelings caused by a sleep tendency and those resulting from muscular fatigue, depressed mood, or a general lack of energy.
A sleep test for sleep apnea is recommended if you have the following problems:
Your test for sleep apnea will be taken in a private sleep room, which looks very much like a bedroom. You will have a comfortable bed, drapes and carpets, but keep in mind that other sleep rooms look more like hospital rooms.
The procedure that is used to take a sleep recording is called polysomnography. The electronic device who record your sleep is called a polysomnograph.
You will stay all night in the sleep center with electrodes and wires placed on your face, chest, limbs, and fingers.
All the wires lead from the electrodes to an computer which records the information from your brain activity, heart rate and rhythm, eye movements, blood pressure and how much air moves in and out of your lungs.
Another sleep test is multiple sleep latency test (MSLT). This test measures how sleepy you are during the day.
If you don't have a sleep disorder, it will be difficult to fall asleep during the day, or it will take a long time.
However, If you have a severe sleep apnea, you will fall asleep in less than 5 minutes. This is a sign of excessive daytime sleepiness, a symptom of sleep apnea.
The sleep technician will note how quickly you fall asleep in a day time.
Do you want to take a sleep apnea test online, in front of your computer? You can test yourself to find if you have sleep apnea with this questionnaire.