What happens during a sleep study?
Not everyone needs the same amount of sleep, but it can really affect your physical and mental health if you regularly do not get enough sleep, or have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night. Sleep is a complex process that is directed by processes in our brain. There are many different causes of sleep problems and they aren’t always easy to detect. Outside influences like light or noise can make it difficult to sleep, but ongoing sleep disorders are commonly caused by emotional stress, physical illness or working night shifts.
If you’ve had a sleep disorder for a very long time and previous medical examinations and advice have not helped, a sleep study is the usual next step. In the study, your sleep will be monitored for one or more nights monitor using special instruments. Sleep studies demand a bit of time and are carried out in a hospital or specialized sleep center. You’ll usually need to have a referral from a doctor.