The most precise way to diagnose the precise nature of your sleep disorder will usually require a sleep study. Since everyone is an individual, we all sleep differently. Your sleep disorder might present itself differently for different reasons. To correctly diagnose your sleep disorder and recommend the most appropriate treatment, we measure various physiological aspects of your body while you sleep.
There are four different types of sleep studies available:
Level 1 Sleep Study
This type of sleep study is usually performed in a hospital sleep laboratory. Specially trained technicians use highly sensitive equipment to monitor you as you sleep. The equipment measures your brain wave activity, muscle movements, your heart rhythms, and the volume of your snoring.
We will soon be able to perform this test in our own sleep study rooms in Alberta and Nova Scotia. These specially designed rooms are as comfortable as the guest room in your own home. In Ontario, should you wish to qualify for financial assistance under the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Assistive Devices Program, your Level 1 Sleep Study must be performed in a registered sleep laboratory.
Level 2 Sleep Study
Level 2 Sleep Studies collect the same data as a Level 1 study. Level 2 sleep studies can be conducted in your home, without a technician in attendance.
When we administer Level 2 Sleep Studies, our trained technician will set up the monitor equipment so you can sleep in the comfort of your own home as you normally do. This Level 2 Sleep Study usually requires only one night and you the monitoring equipment to the clinic most convenient for you.
Level 3 Sleep Study
A Level 3 Sleep Study can also be conducted in the comfort of your home. It will measure your:
- Arterial oxygen levels
- Heart rate
- Respiratory movements
- Percentage of REM (an important stage of sleep)
- Decibels of snoring
- Sleep position
These are the most frequently conducted sleep studies they are helpful in identifying the most common sleep disorder: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Level 4 Sleep Study
The Level 4 Sleep Study measures oxygen levels which can be useful for diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Level 4 studies are self-administered in the convenience of your own home.
Contact one of our sleep therapists today to discuss which sleep study best meets your needs.