Do you—or does your primary care physician—have reason to believe that you may have a sleep disorder? You may think that you need to have a polysomnogram (sleep study) in order to verify you have a sleep disorder or sleep problem, and furthermore to determine which one you have and what’s causing it.
If your doctor or sleep medicine specialist has already performed a sleep study and has determined your airway becomes blocked while you're sleeping, they'll likely prescribe you continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. Once they decide you require CPAP therapy, they'll likely order a CPAP titration study.
Sleep disorders are common and not only do they disrupt your sleep, they can truly impact your quality of life. They can also affect your partner’s sleep as well. To receive an official sleep disorder diagnosis, your primary care physician will likely refer you to a sleep professional for an in-laboratory sleep study test known as polysomnography.
If your doctor suspects you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), they'll likely recommend you have a sleep study conducted to diagnose the disorder properly. To determine the diagnosis, there are two primary types of sleep study tests: a polysomnogram (PSG) where you're supervised by a sleep technologist and a home sleep apnea test (HSAT) where you take the test in the comfort of your own home.