Sleep studies are the best way to diagnose sleep disorders like sleep apnea or narcolepsy.

A sleep study is a seven- to eight-hour recording of physical changes that occur while you sleep. Your brain activity, heart rate, leg movements, oxygen levels and breathing are all tracked during this test. Sleep studies are used to check for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

Sleep studies are scheduled at the OSU Sleep Disorders Center. In addition to the state-of-the-art technology we use to diagnose sleep disorders, our 14-bedroom facility provides all of the comforts of home in a hotel-like atmosphere, including flat screen TVs, private bathrooms with showers and telephones. Our center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which is widely considered the gold standard for sleep medicine programs.

Multiple Sleep Latency Test

A multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) is a series of five timed naps taken at two-hour intervals during the day. This test is typically done the day after an overnight sleep study. The MSLT determines how long it takes a person to fall asleep at preset times throughout the day. Each nap allows a recording of the electrical activity in your brain and your oxygen levels and how it relates to your sleep pattern. 

Home Sleep Studies

Some patients who are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea may be eligible to do a home sleep study. Patients learn how to put on the testing device in the doctor's office, then wear it when they sleep at night. Once they return the device, the data can be read and interpreted by their sleep physician.

If you have questions about participating in a sleep study, the sleep disorder experts at Ohio State’s Sleep Disorders Center can help.

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