Why do you need sleep?
Sleep is vital to life! Close to one-third of all adults have occasional or frequent complaints about sleep. The quality of our sleep has a direct impact on the quality of our life. Few people, however, realize the sleep is essential to physical and emotional health.
Sleep is not merely a “break” time between busy routines. Adequate sleep helps bodies recover from illness and injury and carries mental benefits as well. With enough sleep, it’s easier to concentrate, accomplish takes and handle minor annoyances. Not enough sleep can impair ability in regard to memory, learning, logical reasoning and mathematical calculations.
Even occasional sleeping problems can make life feel more stressful or make us less productive at work. Insufficient sleep can strain relationships and lead to dangerous fatigue-related accidents.
Snoring produces more than just a raspy noise and annoyance to others. One of the most serious conditions related to snoring is obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a risk factor for life-threatening heart diseases, a cause of hypertension and heart failure and can lead to Type II diabetes and obesity.
What is a Sleep Study?
A sleep study is a recording of the way a patient sleeps. Contrary to public perception, sleep is not a passive state. Sleep can be categorized into different stages, including drowsiness, light sleep, deep sleep and Rapid Eye Movement (dream) sleep. By analyzing a person’s sleep patterns as they cycle through each of the states, it can be determined whether a sleep disorder is present.
A sleep study involves:
- The attachment of tiny sensors called electrodes to various parts of the body to monitor brain waves, muscle movements, eye movements, breathing through the mouth and nose, snoring, heart rate, and leg movements.
- An elastic band around the chest and abdomen to measure breathing.
- A clip on the finger to measure heart rate and oxygen level in the blood.
- In certain cases, a camera is used to videotape sleep. This is useful in the detection of movement abnormalities occasioned during sleep. The patient is informed of videotaping by the sleep technician should it be necessary.
- Your sleep study, an overnight test, will be performed in a beautifully decorated private room.
How Do I Sleep With These Strange Wires?
The most common question asked by patients is “What if I can’t sleep in a foreign bed with strange wires attached to me?” During a patient’s stay, every effort is made to maintain a patient’s regular sleep routine and make them as comfortable as possible.
As strange as it may seem to have electrodes attached to their bodies, most people do not find them uncomfortable or an obstacle to falling asleep. Even though a patient may not have the same quantity or quality of sleep as they would get at home, this usually does not interfere with obtaining the necessary information from their sleep study.