Overnight sleep studies, also known as Polysomnography Tests are typically the next step after home sleep studies. Overnight sleep studies can be used for different reasons, but are most commonly used for diagnostic purposes. Diagnostic sleep tests can help your doctor better understand your sleeping patterns and your body’s activity while you are asleep, as well as any other factors that may be affecting your ability to get a good night’s sleep. During an overnight sleep study, your heart rate, brain waves, and bodily movement will be monitored through sensors while you sleep in one of our comfortable, soundproof, private bedrooms. When you come to our center, a licensed sleep technologist will help set up the study for you and will be available in our main office if you need assistance at any point during the night. Sleep studies are important to your health and even your bed partner’s health because snoring, teeth grinding and other unwanted behaviors may affect your partner’s quality of sleep as well. Some potential risks for sleep disorders include obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, morning headaches, and even increased risk of accidents at work or at home. Most overnight sleep studies are covered by insurance and can give a lot of information to help your doctor come up with a treatment plan to improve your sleep and overall physical and mental health. If you experience trouble sleeping, ask about our home and overnight sleep studies at your next visit!