A sleep test is performed when a clinically licensed medical physician is diagnosing sleep-related symptoms such as sleep apnea, insomnia or hypersomnia. The formal term for a sleep test is a polysomnogram.
There are 2 main types of sleep tests:
1. Home-based sleep tests, also known as HSTs
2. Sleep Center full diagnostic sleep tests
Home-based Sleep Tests are routinely used as a screening test for patients with new onset or unreported sleep issues. The equipment is very similar to the a pulse oximeter and requires the patient to wear it at home when they go to bed.
Equipment is typically provided in the clinic and may be either disposable (one-time use only) or must be returned to the clinic for data upload.
Sleep Center Sleep Tests are fully diagnostic polysomnograms and require the patient to visit our sleep center. NCD’s sleep Centers are very similar to hotel rooms and have comfortable amenities to assist patients to sleep. This is located in our Dallas location and boasts private suites containing pillowtop mattresses and black out shades.
Trained technologists apply sensors on your scalp and body to record movements, sleep stages and other important factors related to sleep. During a Sleep Center Sleep Test you will be monitored by the technologist in real time. This test is more comprehensive and yields the most accurate information for physicians to properly diagnose a sleep disorder.
For more information on how schedule an exam or what you should do to prepare for testing, please visit our Neurology Testing Appointment Page