primary care doctors are not well prepared about sleep science, and
many of them can't recognize the signs of many sleep disorders.
if you suspect you have a sleep disorder, it's up to you to speak about
this with your doctor. And don't hesitate to ask for a referral to a
sleep specialist, during your medical visit.
My Sleep Study
In this video, a man explains how was the sleep study for him:
Why Should You Have a Sleep Test?
Sleep apnea is a complex sleep disorder and cannot be treated if the
doctors don't know how severe it is. That's why is very important to
have a correct diagnosis of your problem.
Through a sleep test, the doctor has to answer two questions, in order to diagnose sleep apnea correctly:
you actually have sleep apnea syndrome, or is it another sleep
disorder, such as narcolepsy, restless leg, periodic limb movement or
do you have other conditions that may complicate
your sleep apnea disorder and your treatment, such as heart disease,
obesity, some type medications, or alcohol?
you suspect you have sleep apnea, it's important to take a sleep test.
The essence of my advice is simple: incorrect or wrong treatment can be
harmful to your body. No doubt about it...
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Sleep apnea can be diagnosed using a variety of methods, including:
Epworth Sleepiness Scale
will decide if you need a sleep study or not. You can take this test in any moment of the day, at home.
Sleep apnea questionnaire
- There is no simple way to find if you have sleep apnea than to test yourself on the Sleep Apnea Questionnaire.
- The quantity and quality of your sleep is serious affected if you have
sleep apnea breathing disorder. With a sleep monitor you can discover
precious information about your sleep and your treatment effectiveness.
- to make a continuous record of your sleep. You will have a lot of
thin electrodes and other sensors pasted on your body, to take a variety
of readings during the night.
These readings are collected on a computer file, called a polysomnogram, that can be analyzed by sleep doctors.
Multiple sleep latency test
- this test usually follows the polysomnography test. It shows how
sleepy you are during daytime. This test is important on diagnosing
sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and sleep deprivation.
Home Sleep Test
- if you don't have in your area a sleep center, or you are immobilized in bed, a portable equipment can be useful, such as apnea detectors or wrist actigraphy.
the information collected from these portable recordings is less
reliable for diagnosis and treatment, so a sleep study at a sleep center