What are Sleep Labs
Since most people are unaware of this craze, let me spend a brief time to explain what a sleep lab is.
Basically, it is a room where a clinician or technologist works with electronic electrodes which he attaches to a patient’s head, two on each leg, and two on the chest for the purpose of checking the heart rate. It also has two sensors in your nose monitoring airflow, a band around your chest and one around the abdomen, an oximeter which measure your blood oxygen on your finger and one your neck, a microphone to monitor sound.
The clinicians are studying your sleep and that is why all these contraptions are attached to your body. People think that losing a few hours of sleep every night is not really a big deal but you may have been experiencing sleep loss for years. So, to the question, what is the big deal?
There are three sleep disorders that might be causing you to feel tired all the time. And there could be a number of potential underlying causes, but without the proper diagnoses treating the root cause will only result to further disorders. There are various treatments to cure sleep disorder but this will all depend on the diagnosis. The following are the most common types of sleep disorders: insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, parasomnias, and snoring.
You need to prepare a number of things before you go for sleep study. First is that you hair should be clean and without any hair sprays, oils, gels, and other hair products. You also need to pack your overnight bag as you would do if you are to stay in a hotel. Snacks are allowed if you are used to taking one before sleeping, but your are only limited to one cup of caffeine and is no longer allowed after two in the afternoon. You also have to avoid alcohol on the day of the study and be ready to spell out to your clinician if you are taking any medications. Another important thing to bring along is that if you have a favorite pillow, you may want to bring it with you also.
When you sleep in the center it will be a totally different experience as sleeping at home and you need to take note of that. It might take you longer to fall asleep and as many patients have reported the quality of their sleep is not as sound as that they have at home. And the reason for this is due to the contraptions and monitoring devices attached to your body. But this does not really interfere with getting accurate information from your sleep study.
If you want to be successful in this sleep study you should try to focus on bringing your body in a comfortable position instead of thinking about all the contraptions, and if you feel uncomfortable it is easy to adjust the position of the monitors and you simply tell them about it.