- sleep study
- rapid eye movement study
Who is a candidate for the procedure?
- insomnia or other sleep disorders
- narcolepsy, which is excessive daytime sleepiness
- sleep apnea. This condition causes low oxygen levels and frequent wake-ups due either to an abnormality in the brain's mechanism that controls breathing, or, more commonly, to blockage of the upper air passages during sleep.
- behavior disturbances during sleep, such as sleepwalking
- lasting nightmares
- rapid eye movement disorders
- restless leg syndrome, with abnormal leg movements during the night
How is the procedure performed?
- sleeping pills
- stimulant medications, such as diet pills
electocardiogram(ECG), which monitors the heart pulse oximetry, which monitors the blood oxygen level electoencephalogram(EEG), which monitors the brain activity electromyography(EMG), which monitors skeletal muscle activity
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