Sleep Studies Specialist

Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine & Pediatric Neurologists located in Shavano Park, San Antonio, TX & Lockhill-Selma, San Antonio, TX

There are approximately 80 different sleep disorders that affect 70 million Americans in the United States. To identify your sleeping problem, one of the best diagnostic tools is a sleep study. At Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center, the experienced team of sleep specialists routinely turns to sleep studies to identify what may be plaguing your ability to sleep properly. If you’d like to learn more about a sleep study, call one of the three San Antonio-based clinics in Nix Alamo Heights, Shavano Park, and Lockhill-Selma, or the office in New Braunfels, Texas, or make an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

Sleep Studies Q & A

Why would I need a sleep study?

If you consider that there are 80 different issues that can affect your ability to sleep, one of the best ways to zero in on the one that’s affecting you or a loved one is by studying your sleep. 

Sleep studies are a go-to tool for the specialists at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center, who use it to diagnose common sleep disorders, such as:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Sleepwalking
  • REM sleep behavior disorder

While there may be nearly a hundred kinds of sleep disorders, this list represents the lion’s share of the problems.

What does a sleep study measure?

During a sleep study, or polysomnography, the team at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center uses sensors to measure your:

  • Brain activity
  • Heart rate
  • Breathing pattern
  • Blood oxygen level

As important, your sleep technician also monitors your:

  • Body position and movements, especially in your limbs
  • Eye movements
  • Chest and abdominal movement
  • Sleep noises, such as snoring

By collecting this critical data while you sleep, the team is better able to identify the underlying cause of your sleep disturbances, allowing them to formulate an appropriate treatment plan.

A sleep study is conducted in a controlled clinic environment, but, rest assured, every effort is made to ensure your comfort.

Is an at-home sleep study available?

Yes. If your sleep specialist at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center suspects you may be suffering from sleep apnea, they send you home with a breathing monitor that can capture valuable information. While not as effective as an in-clinic sleep study, the at-home sleep test can still shed valuable light on your problem.

How should I prepare for a sleep study?

There’s not much you need to do to prepare for a sleep study, though you should avoid caffeinated beverages or alcohol before your study. 

If you’re taking any medications to help with your sleep, your doctor at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center may request that you stop taking the medicine before your sleep study.

Other than that, eat normally (though not right before your study) and do all that you can to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible.

For more information about sleep studies, call Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center or request an appointment using the online scheduling feature.