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"Will I be hooked up to a machine during my sleep study?"
How do doctors monitors patients during sleep studies?
Sleep studies are performed for many reasons. One of the more common reasons to do them currently is to determine if you are awakening multiple times during the night, which can result from disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). During a sleep study, you will go to a hotel or other quiet room, and then be connected to quite a few wires and machines. Some of these will monitor your oxygenation, while others will monitor your brain activity. You might also be recorded and monitored in other ways as well, depending on the specific aims of the study. The information that can be gathered from a sleep study is important for many reasons. It is valuable for quantifying the amount of disturbance or type of sleep problem that might be affecting you. If you are considering interventions to improve your sleep, this quantification of the problem can be very important. This is especially true if you are considering surgery, as there are very specific recommendations. Most people tolerate the machinery and trouble of a sleep study very well. Please speak with your doctor, who will be able to discuss any concerns that you may have, and address whether or not this test is needed for you.
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