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Sleep studies are extremely important to you and your health as they can help diagnose sleep disorders. When left untreated, sleep disorders can pose serious health risks.


The results of the sleep study will be reviewed by your doctor or a sleep specialist after which you will be given a diagnosis. Your diagnosis will be determined by the following information:

  • Medical history

  • Sleep history

  • Sleep study test results

It can take up to two weeks for a diagnosis to be made. Once your diagnosis has been determined, a treatment plan will be put in place.

The whole point of doing a sleep study is so that doctors can look at your sleep patterns and review sleep-related problems that you might not even realize you have. Sleep study results typically include information regarding the following:

  • Sleep and wake times

  • Stages of sleep

  • Abnormal breathing

  • Oxygen levels in the blood

  • Movements of the body during sleep

These results will depend on what kind of test you had. For instance, if you had a PSG, you might be diagnosed with sleep apnea which would then require the use of a CPAP machine at home every night while you sleep. CPAP supplies include a special mask that supplies air to your nose and mouth. This air flow will create mild pressure while you sleep so that your airway does not become obstructed.


A PSG might also help find other types of sleep disorders including:

  • Sleep-related seizure disorders

  • Periodic limb movement disorder

  • Sleep disorders where you feel extremely tired during the day

  • REM sleep behavior disorder

  • Chronic insomnia


Results from other tests will show whether there are safety concerns due to your sleep disorder or how the current treatment plan for your sleep disorder is working.



Making your appointment at the Sleep Lab at Sinai Medical Center is the first step to overcoming a sleep disorder. Call to schedule your appointment today.

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