Could I Benefit From Overnight Sleep Testing?
By Pacific Sleep Program
September 15, 2015
Category: Sleep Testing

Find out how sleep testing can help us diagnose a myriad of sleep issues.

Are you having issues with sleep? You aren’t alone. Millions of Americans don’t get enough sleep each night. However, it’s important to pinpoint what could be the cause of your symptoms so you know how to treat it. 

We know that many patients in Astoria, Seaside, Warrenton and other Oregon Coast communities have had sleep testing in the past or require sleep testing to help to diagnose or optimize treatment for multiple different sleep disorders including sleep apnea as well as to optimize their CPAP pressures and ensure that the mask is not leaking. 

What is a polysomnography?

A polysomnography is a formal term for sleep testing. This testing helps your sleep specialist make an accurate diagnosis and create a customized treatment plan to help you get a better night’s rest.

How does a polysomnography work?

Through the use of sensors, which are applied directly to the skin on various locations throughout the body, we monitor a variety of physiological features as you sleep. Some of these features include respiration, heart rate, oxygen levels and patterns of movement. Certain changes to these physiological traits could give us an idea of what could be causing your sleep issues.

How is an overnight sleep testing conducted?

The testing is performed by our sleep technologists. Once you are checked in and settled into your room, one of our sleep technologists will apply the sensors. The sensors are connected to a small connector that will allow you to disconnect if needed to use the restroom or walk around. 

Once the sensors are placed you are free to do whatever you wish in your room. We recommend that you go to bed at your normal bedtime unless otherwise directed by the sleep medicine physician. In the morning, a sleep technologist will come in and remove your sensors (this takes about 20 minutes).

How many nights will I need to stay?

Most time, we are able to make a decision regarding your diagnosis and treatment by the first night. Additional nights may be necessary depending on the type and severity of the sleep apnea. 

What should I bring with me to the sleep test?

Pajamas, slippers, and toiletries are some of the more typical items a patient will bring along with them. While some patients may choose to wear nightgowns, pajamas are often easier for applying sensors and for movement. While pillows will be provided, feel free to bring your own if that will make you feel more comfortable during testing. Please bring any reading materials you would like. Electronics such as cell phones and laptops are allowed for use during the evening but must be put away during testing. 

Want to get a better night’s rest? Well, who doesn’t? Call Pacific Sleep Program, located in Astoria across from Columbia Memorial Hospital, today and let us give you sweet dreams from here on out. We serve all of the communities along the Oregon Coast from Tillamook up to Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton and up to Long Beach Washington and beyond. For patients located closer to Longview and Scappoose, please visit our location in Portland on the Westside, near Beaverton and Hillsboro.