The Old Method
Have you ever had a traditional sleep study? This procedure is incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable. You are required to spend the night at a sleep lab, completely covered in wires and sensors and have to sleep while technicians watch and monitor you, coming in to check on you every few hours. This is by no means a comfortable or enjoyable experience, and many choose to live with their sleeping issues rather than take a sleep study.
How a Traditional Sleep Study Works
If your doctor suspects you have sleep apnea, they will probably request a diagnostic evaluation of your sleep, also known as a sleep study that helps doctors assess whether or not someone has a sleep disorder. It is called a polysomnography (PSG).
PSGs are used to diagnose sleep apnea as well as other sleep disorders, and they provide extensive information about a person’s physiological activity during sleep.
For a PSG, a person typically spends one or two nights in a sleep lab: the first night for the diagnostic study and the second for CPAP treatment adjustment, if a CPAP is prescribed.