Sleep medicine, Sleep study, Sleep disorders: sleep disorders and so on

Have a sleep study. Talk to your family doctor about a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea. Correcting sleep disorders can help control sleep bruxism.
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New York, NY ( October 20, 2011 - Sleep study also termed as polysomnography (PSG) is basically a multi-parametric test which is used to study sleep. In fact it is also used as typically a diagnostic tool in sleep medicine. Honestly, sleep study is basically an in depth recording of the biophysical changes during sleep where during the period of sleep, the body functions are typically monitored. This includes, brain, eye movements, muscle activity and also the heart rhythm. The focus of sleep study is however simple- to let you have a good night's sleep.

Let's accept the fact - deprivation of sleep can not only cause irritability but also it lowers performance level and reaction times while putting strain on the immune system. Well, many of us have had the odd night where we often pass the sleepless pillow for worrying about something like an impending exam or may be some kind of special event. However those's occasional and now try imagine the situation if this goes for long - yes, you would be physically and mentally exhausted. Sadly, this is the situation of many people throughout the western world. Trust me; figures cannot go wrong and it is estimated that at least 40 million people in the United States of America suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders! Scary indeed!

Well, every patient that is suffering from chronic sleeping issues will start at the same place, a consultation with a sleep specialist. The sleep specialists are typically found in sleep labs or clinics. Once you meet with a specialist, they will review your symptoms and order additional testing such as a sleep study, after which they will be able diagnose and treat your sleep disorder. They have the education and ability to treat many aspects of sleep conditions ranging from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to bedwetting with numerous sleep ailments in between.

After an initial consultation with a sleep specialist, they will likely order a sleep study that will provide a better look at your sleeping patterns. Sleep studies are usually performed at night while you sleep and are administered by a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT). An RPSGT is a professional that has obtained credentials through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. In order to earn this title, a RPSGT must have attained the essential clinical hours (usually 18 months of paid clinical experience), have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification and passed an extensive examination and has proven proficiency in polysomnography. If a patient has been ordered to undergo a sleep study, they will visit a sleep lab or clinic and spend an evening or two being observed by the RPSGT. RPSGT's are able to identify numerous irregularities in sleeping patterns and will then pass along this data to the sleep specialist, from which the sleep specialist will be able to prescribe a treatment.

Honestly, sleeps disorders are typically the conditions characterised by abnormal sleep patterns that interfere with normal physical, mental or emotional function. Anxiety and stress can cause serious sleep disorder, whether it be due insomnia, intermittent waking, or waking up much too early in the morning.

Needless to say that it is certainly the best time to check for any medical conditions that may contribute to a sleep disorder or anxiety disorder, and also to help determine which is the primary condition, i.e. is anxiety causing lack of sleep or is insomnia causing anxiety? Well, patients should always consider exploring the various options available for treating their sleeping issues.

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