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  • Do You Need a Sleep Study?

  • Sleep studies may show abnormalities (such as those present in narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome and parasomnias) and breathing issues (sleep apnea) that affect a patient’s ability to achieve a restful night’s sleep. Whether or not you need a sleep study depends on the condition that brought you to the Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers. Most patients complaining of insomnia, for example, do not need a sleep study, as treatment is rarely changed with this type of information.

    Your sleep medicine specialist may refer you for a sleep or wakefulness study if they think it will provide a clearer picture of the cause of poor sleep or the extent of a known condition. By getting a precise view of your sleep patterns, the doctor will be better able to arrive at an effective solution.

    Reasons for a sleep study in adults include:

    • Excessive snoring associated with restless sleep, morning headaches, hypertension, mental confusion and/or obesity
    • Witnessed apnea
    • Poor work or social performance
    • Impotence
    • Excessive daytime sleeping or difficulty falling asleep
    • Excessive leg movements during sleep and/or restless legs while awake
    • Sleep walking
    • Night terrors

    Reasons for a sleep study in children include:

    • Infants with an unexplained life-threatening respiratory and/or cardiac event
    • Children with symptoms of upper-airway obstruction
    • Neuromuscular disease with significant muscle weakness
    • Snoring associated with behavioral or cognitive dysfunction

    Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers are located in Sacramento and Roseville and are accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The facilities offer the latest technology in sleep monitoring, comfortable hotel-like rooms, and certified sleep disorder physicians and clinicians. For more information about the Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers call 916-646-3300.