What is a Polysomnography (PSG)?
Polysomnography (PSG) is an overnight sleep study test used to diagnose sleep disorders.
A Polysomnography Test, also known as PSG, monitors your different stages and cycles of sleep to determine if or when your sleep patterns are interrupted and why. The sleep study technician will place sticky gel patches, with sensors called electrodes, on your scalp, face, chest, limbs, and a pulse oximetry sensor on your finger.
While you sleep, these sensors record your brain and sleep activity, eye movements, heart rate and rhythm, leg movements, and the amount of oxygen in your blood.
Do you have signs of Sleep Apnea?
You may need a split-night sleep study if you show signs of sleep apnea, which means the technician will record your sleep patterns for the first half of the night. At the start of the second half of the night, the technician wakes you to fit a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask over your nose and/or mouth.
A small machine gently blows air through a tube that is connected to the mask; this creates mild pressure that keeps your airway open while you sleep. The Aylo Health technician will monitor your sleep with the CPAP machine. The technician adjusts the flow of air through the mask via the computer system to find the setting that’s right for you.
More sleep services at Aylo Health
Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
Advanced sleep study technology to help you get your quality of life back.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
Choose a state-of-the-art Sleep Center that is dedicated to treating your sleep disorders.
Sleep Medicine services that get you back to your healthiest self.
Why get a Polysomnograph at Aylo Health?
Each of these tests is painless and completed within a sleep center room, which may look like a hotel room. Our technicians are focused on your comfort and can adjust the temperature of our rooms to your liking.
We also offer a Home Sleep Study for qualifying individuals. This test utilizes portable equipment that can be picked up at our facilities.
Once test results are complete, our providers will meet with you to review the results and discuss options that will help you get a better night’s rest.
Equipment That Assists
Should your test results reveal the need for durable medical equipment (DME) or positive airway pressure (PAP) devices and supplies, our Sleep Center offers several options for you depending on severity.
What to expect at your Polysomnography Test
This sleep study is performed in the comfort our Sleep Center in McDonough, GA. In addition to the sticky gel patches on your scalp, face, chest, and limbs — two stretchable belts are placed around your chest and belly to measure chest movements and the strength and duration of inhaled and exhaled breaths. Wires are attached to the sensors that transmit the data to a computer in the Sleep Tech Monitoring Area.
The wires are very thin and flexible; they are bundled together so they don’t restrict movement, disrupt your sleep, or cause other discomforts. You are able to disconnect these wires if you need to visit the restroom. At the end of the sleep study, the technician removes the sensors unless you are having a daytime sleep study, such as a Multiple Sleep Latency Test.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are parents allowed to spend the night with their minors during their sleep study?
Yes, in fact, parents of minors getting a sleep study are required to spend the night with their child. At Aylo Health, we have a very nice family room to accommodate parents who are assisting their children, and we can offer you the opportunity to sleep in the same room as the minor (if preferred).
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