If you are a loud snorer (or have been told you are) or find yourself feeling very sleepy during the day, you may be experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea. Other symptoms can include restless sleep, waking up with a very sore or dry throat, morning headaches and feeling irritated and unrested.
Your doctor may ask you to have a sleep apnea test. The first step is for you to meet with one of our sleep specialists to determine if a sleep study at our sleep disorder clinic center or a home sleep study would be right for you.
The test involves a polysomnogram, which is a multi-component test to electronically transmit and record specific physical activities that occur while you sleep. Our sleep apnea specialists analyze the recordings to make a diagnosis, which might be sleep apnea or even another type of sleep disorder. Additional testing may be necessary in order to determine the best treatment option.
See more about what to expect for an overnight sleep study in our Sleep Studies FAQ. You may also be eligible for Home Sleep Testing. Make an appointment today at our comfortable and convenient sleep apnea center.
Sleep Apnea Testing and Equipment
The polysomnogram involves testing techniques that may be used to help diagnose any sleep problems you may be having, such as:
- EEG (electroencephalogram): Measures and records brain wave activity.
- EMG (electromyogram): Records muscle activity (facial twitches, teeth grinding, leg movement, etc.) and to determine the presence of REM stage sleep. During REM sleep, intense dreams often occur as the brain experiences heightened activity.
- EOG (electro-oculogram): Records eye movements which are important in determining the different sleep stages, particularly REM stage sleep.
- ECG (electrocardiogram): Records heart rate and rhythm.
- Nasal airflow sensor: Records airflow.
- Snore microphone: Records snoring activity.
If you have questions or would like an appointment, please give us a call at 847-674-3600. We can help you find out if you or someone you love has sleep apnea or another disorder that may benefit from treatment.