How will I know if I need a sleep study?

This question was asked in Deerfield Beach, Florida on 07/09/2012.
I think that I need a sleep study. How will I know that I need a sleep study?

Doctors Answers (3)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 7/11/2012

You are unable to decide when you need a sleep study. The reason you are unable to make the decision is that a sleep study, like most medical testing, is ordered to determine if a medical issue is present or absent. You should discuss your'sleep issues with your doctor who may find that you do not need a sleep study, but if you do, then specific instructions to the sleep lab are necessary to customize your study based on the suspected sleep disorder.

Syed Nabi, M.D.
Answered on: 7/10/2012

The best way is to talk to a doctor or medical provider. Most physicians can recognize the disorder and order a study.

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 7/10/2012

If you define more specifically the problem that you are having, then it could be determined if a sleep study is necessary to confirm a diagnosis.