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What Can You Learn from a Sleep Study

As many as 70 million people in the United States are affected by a chronic sleep disorder. If you’re part of those millions who aren’t getting enough quality sleep, it can have a significant impact on your short- and long-term health.

At More MD, the experienced team of physicians knows how sleep deprivation reduces the quality of your life. They offer in-home sleep studies to record essential information about your sleep patterns, so you can get started on the right treatment to improve your quality of sleep.

The More MD team offers some insight into the benefits of in-home sleep studies and what the details they provide can say about your health.

Why consider a sleep study

If you wake up frequently during the night or have difficulty falling asleep, a sleep study can reveal the root cause of your sleep issues. A sleep study is beneficial in the diagnosis of many common sleep disorders, including:

A sleep study can also confirm abnormal behaviors, such as sleepwalking.

When to consider a sleep study

It’s important to identify and treat a sleep disorder as soon as possible because without good-quality sleep every night, you’re at risk for long-term health complications. A lack of sleep can increase your risk for multiple chronic illnesses, such as:

Sleep deprivation also puts you at risk for personal injuries from drowsy driving, frequent accidents, and may limit your ability to concentrate and focus.

You should schedule an evaluation at More MD if your family is complaining about your loud and excessive snoring or if you find yourself waking up from sleep gasping for breath or choking.

Expectations from a sleep study

If you're preparing for an in-home sleep study, your More MD provider will give you a kit that contains several devices that connect to different parts of your body.

The kit features a belt that goes around your waist and connects to a monitor to evaluate your sleep positions and movements. An airflow sensor sits under your nose to record your breathing throughout the night and a clip attaches to your finger to measure your heart rate.

Before going to sleep, you connect all of the components and the machine begins to monitor and record all of your activities. You may need to do this for more than one night to generate a complete picture of your sleep patterns.

As experienced sleep disorder specialists, the physicians at More MD can review the results of your in-home sleep study to confirm your diagnosis. They offer custom treatment plans to help you fall and stay asleep. The medical team can also work with you to assess your risk factors for chronic diseases because of certain sleep disorders to protect your long-term health.

If you’re snoring too loud or never seem to have energy, don’t delay an evaluation at More MD. You can find out if an at-home sleep study is right for you by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online today. 

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