Sleep Study for Sleep Apnea Testing in Foley, AL
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study, also known as polysomnography, is a test that evaluates a patient to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea testing provides valuable information to your sleep doctor about the severity of your condition, such as how many times you stop breathing in your sleep. Information gathered during a sleep study test will allow your physician to tailor a treatment plan that addresses the underlying causes of your sleep apnea.
Our ENT practice provides sleep studies to test for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, with a convenient location in Foley, AL (15 minutes from Mobile). Learn more below, or request an appointment with a sleep study specialist today.
Why is a sleep study performed?
Our board-certified sleep doctors perform sleep study tests when a patient is exhibiting symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, which may include:
- Chronic snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Chronic fatigue
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Choking or gasping during sleep
- Morning headaches
- Trouble concentrating
- Memory loss
What does a sleep study for sleep apnea involve?
During a sleep study, patients will spend a night in a sleep laboratory that offers a hotel-like environment, designed for patient comfort. With the assistance of an experienced lab technician, you’ll be hooked up to some medical tracking equipment in order to record important data while you sleep. This technology will be able to measure things such as how you breathe (airflow), your blood oxygen saturation, your pulse and snoring levels.
After undergoing a sleep study test, Dr. Kowal will interpret the data provided by your polysomnogram and make a diagnosis. If your test results indicate that you have obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Kowal will explain what your treatment options are and whether you are a candidate for a CPAP alternatives. With proper sleep apnea treatment, you will be able to achieve the deep, restorative sleep that you need in order to function at your best.
How do I prepare for a sleep study?
Before your sleep study test, refrain from consuming any food or drink with caffeine, such as tea and coffee. You should also refrain from drinking alcohol or using any other substance that may affect your sleep.
Avoid putting any substances in your hair (wash your hair with shampoo only, no conditioner) as they can affect the electrodes used to monitor your sleep.
Avoid napping during the day to help you fall asleep more easily.
Pack an overnight bag with all of the items you would normally take to stay at a hotel overnight, such as toiletries and pajamas. Bring your own pillow if you wish.
If you have special needs or concerns, tell our sleep study staff ahead of time. Let your sleep doctor know if you’re taking any medications.
What if I can’t sleep during the sleep study?
You should not have too much trouble falling asleep, as the environment is similar to a cozy hotel room rather than a sterile hospital or lab. You are also free to bring reading material, your own pillow, or any other supplies required to make you as comfortable as possible. If you have serious concerns about not being able to fall asleep, consult your sleep study doctor beforehand.
If you believe you have symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, it is important to get evaluated by a physician who has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating this serious sleep disorder. To learn more about sleep apnea testing or to schedule your polysomnography, call our office at 251.943.1117 today or request a consultation at ENT Centers of Excellence in Foley, AL by filling out the form on this page.