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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Polysomnogram? A Polysomnogram is a procedure that reads and registers body functions during sleep. Some of these measurements include:
● Brain waves [Electrodes placed on patientís scalp]
● Heart beats
● Eye Movements [Electrodes placed by the patientís eyes]
● Leg movements [Electrodes placed on the patientís legs]
● Airflow Breathing [Sensor placed under the patientís nose]
● Chest/Abdominal Breathing [Sensors placed on the patientís chest and abdomen]
● Blood Oxygen Levels [Sensor attached to the patientís finger]
Why Record This Information? During sleep, the body functions differently than while awake. Recording these readings will help the doctors better diagnose and treat your sleep problem.
How Can I Sleep With All Of These Things On Me? Surprisingly, most people sleep reasonably well. The sensors are applied so that you can turn and move during sleep. Our staff will try to make your environment as comfortable as possible.
Will The Sensor Devices Hurt? No. Although sometimes in rubbing the skin or putting on the electrodes there will be mild and temporary discomfort and skin irritations.
Will I Be Given A Drug To Help Me Sleep? No, unless these have been prescribed by your doctor. PLEASE, DO NOT STOP ANY OF YOUR MEDICATIONS WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN!
What Should I Bring? Your own pillow, bed clothes [Preferably two piece pajamas or gym shorts and T-shirt], and a book or something to work on while waiting. Bring Your Prescribed Medications!
What Happens To The Polysomnogram? Sleep studies are reviewed the following day by Michael Kearns, RPSGT or Mark Schultz, RPSGT and forwarded to Dr. Norman Imes of the Lynn Health Science Institute in Oklahoma City, an expert in the field of sleep medicine. Generally it takes less than 5 days for the study to be scored and a medical report to be returned to your doctor. Your primary care physician will contact you for a follow up visit to review your results with you.