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About Sleep Studies


1. What is a sleep study?

A: A sleep study is an overnight sleep test. You are monitored either in an overnight sleep lab, or by a take-home sleep monitor. This type of study is recommended to diagnose or rule out a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), narcolepsy or other disorders. 

2. When is it appropriate to do a sleep study?

A: Sleep studies are necessary in order to obtain objective information characterizing sleep issues a person may have. A disorder like OSA increases a person's risk of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and even death. 

3. How do I participate in a sleep study?

A: Call us directly to discuss sleep study options. Alternatively, you can discuss this topic with Dr. Macdonald at your consultation/examination appointment. Basically, there are two options for how to engage in a sleep study: 1) home sleep study using a kit provided by a sleep lab, 2) sleep at the sleep lab under direct monitoring and supervision of their staff. Either way, the sleep lab will evaluate your results and share them with your doctor.

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