When is a Sleep Study Recommended?

woman unable to sleepIf you’ve had symptoms such as snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness, your doctor may suggest a sleep study to help gather more information about your condition.

In this blog, sleep specialist will explain exactly what’s involved with a sleep study and why it might be recommended.

What is a sleep study?

This is a non-invasive test that uses sensors to measure and record your breathing, heart rate, brain waves, and movements as you sleep. This test gives your doctor a complete, scientific picture of exactly what happens to your body throughout the night.

When is a sleep study recommended?

Your doctor can get information about your condition from your medical history and a physical examination. You may also be asked to keep a sleep diary that details when you went to bed as well as when you think you fell asleep and if you woke up during the night. You’ll also be asked to include whether you had caffeine or took medicine and when. This may lead your doctor to suspect a sleep disorder.

However, only a sleep study can give your doctor the specific data needed to make a definitive diagnosis if you have sleep apnea or certain other disorders. It can be recommended for the following reasons:

What are the advantages of a sleep study?

This test provides many advantages, including the following:

  • Non-invasive: It causes no pain, and the only risk is perhaps a little redness from the adhesives used to attach electrodes.
  • Yields a diagnosis: It gives your doctor specific, measurable information that can be used to make a definitive diagnosis
  • Lets treatment start: Once a diagnosis is made, your doctor can receive immediate results and begin appropriate treatment.
  • Gives follow-up information: If you’ve already received a diagnosis and have received treatment, a follow-up sleep study can give your doctor information on how well it’s working.
  • Convenience: The study can sometimes be performed in your own home and bed if you’d prefer.
  • Requires little preparation: You’ll probably be asked to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sleep medications, but this is typically all the preparation you’ll have to do. If your sleep study is being conducted at home, your doctor will tell you how to properly use the machine.

Where can you get a sleep study in Connecticut?

Our doctors combines expertise with a commitment to serving their  patients’ needs and values. They performs sleep studies at Greenwich Hospital, where he serves as Medical Director of the Sleep Lab, and also offers sleep studies that can be conducted at your home. You’ll simply take a home sleep test (HST) home with you after receiving instructions on how to use it. When you return it to our office, we’ll be able to read and interpret the data.

If you snore, feel excessively sleepy in the daytime, or have other symptoms that may indicate the presence of a sleep disorder, schedule an appointment with Sleep & Neuroscience Associates today.

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We regret to announce that we will be closing the practice for in person and telehealth services for Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment as of 9/30/2023. The Practice was formerly owned by Dr. Malhotra and was located at 86 Bradley Road, Madison, CT 06443.

In February 2022, Waterstone acquired Sleep and Neuroscience Treatment under Dr. Thomas Abbenante, who has been working with patients in Greenwich and New Haven offices.

If you are seeking new services, please contact your health insurance company who can provide you with a list of providers that are in network with your current plan. For additional information or referrals, you can also contact the Connecticut State Medical Society at www.nhcma.org or by calling 203-865-0587.

For current or previous patients, please contact our agency for information regarding your account, appointments, or medical records. You may reach us at 203-245-0412 or fax requests to 203-427-0441. You will receive mailed information detailing closure and any follow-up instructions.

Please note that the business mailing address for Dr. Abbenante and Sleep and Neuroscience is:

Dr. Thomas Abbenante
Sleep & Neuroscience Department
c/o Waterstone Counseling Centers, LLC
86 Bradley Road
Madison, CT  06443