Sleep Study Specialist

Advanced Mental Health Care Inc.

Psychiatrists & Psychologists located in Palm Beach, FL & Royal Palm Beach, FL

During a sleep study, a doctor monitors your sleep patterns to diagnose any conditions that may be affecting your ability to get a good night’s rest. The psychiatrists at Advanced Mental Health Care are experts in administering in-depth sleep studies to help patients throughout the Greater Palm Beach, Florida, area get the rest they need. If a sleep disorder is affecting your health, contact AMHC today to schedule your sleep study.

Sleep Study Q & A

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study is an overnight exam where your doctor is able to observe and analyze your brain and body activity while you sleep. Sleep studies can help your doctor diagnose daytime fatigue or determine whether you have certain sleeping problems, including:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Nighttime behavioral disorders, such as sleepwalking
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless leg syndrome

Once your doctor has narrowed down the cause of your fatigue or sleep issues, they can create a comprehensive treatment plan for you. You’re asleep for one-third of your life, so getting a good night’s rest is critical to your overall health and well-being.

What tests are done during a sleep study?

Your doctor may administer a variety of tests during a sleep study to monitor different aspects of your health.

Polysomnogram

A polysomnogram records your bodily functions while you sleep, monitoring your:

  • Brain activity
  • Eye movement
  • Oxygen and carbon dioxide levels
  • Heart rate and rhythm
  • Muscle movements
  • Chest and belly movements

Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)

The MSLT measures the amount of time it takes for you to fall asleep. This test can reveal if you have restless leg syndrome or if you’re having trouble reaching the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of the sleep cycle.

Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT)

This test determines whether or not you can stay awake and alert for a defined period.

All of these tests work together to help your physician determine which sleep disorders are affecting you.

How do I prepare for a sleep study?

One to two weeks before the sleep study, you may be asked to start keeping a sleep diary, in which you’ll record a variety of details about your sleep habits. You should avoid taking any naps for three days before your test.

Your physician should have detailed knowledge of your medical history and know of any medications or supplements you’re taking. They may also request that you avoid caffeine for a few days before the test.

If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, contact the experts at Advanced Mental Health Care today. They’ll get to work on a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs.