Sleep is just one part of a healthy lifestyle. However, it may be the most important link as studies show that you have lower risks of heart disease, an easier time maintaining a healthy weight, and better focus when you have good sleep habits.
Luckily, there are close to 2,000 AASM accredited sleep centers around the world. The most common test performed at sleep centers is a Polysomnogram. According to the AlaskaSleep Clinic, a Polysomnogram or PSG, is an overnight study that records brain activity, eye movement, blood pressure, heart rate, and more. They are used to diagnose sleep apnea, sleep seizure disorders, and sleep related movement disorders. It can also help you determine the quality of the rest you are getting and help you to understand your sleep cycles.
Canyon Ranch, one of the most well known wellness centers in America, has their own sleep clinic. “Sleep problems may be the most common health concerns today. Untreated, they can slowly erode mental and physical well-being, leading to serious consequences." their website explains. If you enroll in their Sleep Enhancement Program, you can expect a consultation and examination of your sleep habits. They offer an overnight Polysomnogram as well. On top of just the clinical side of sleep, Canyon Ranch focuses on overall wellness, offering an array of healthy meal options, relaxation exercises, and activities to help you press reset and live your best life.
There are a few things you can do to get ready for your test:
1. Avoid Naps and Caffeine: These both can make it more difficult for you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
2. Remove Dark Nail Polish, Groom or Remove Facial Hair, and Shower Before: Sensors will be placed on you and beards and oily skin can make it difficult for them to stay put. A sensor will be placed on one of your fingers and dark polish can interfere.
3. Stick To Your Routine: Go about your day as usual before arriving at your AASM accredited sleep center.
So, what can you expect when you arrive at your Polysomnogram? Think hotel room (with nice hotel bedding) more than hospital room. After all, the doctors need their patients to sleep during this test. The room is dark, you can bring personal effects, and wear your everyday pajamas. The more comfortable you are, the more accurate the test results will be. There will be a camera aimed towards the bed so that your movements can be recorded by the observing doctors.
Since they are monitoring for brain activity and heart rate, you will be hooked up to a machine. You can expect a decent amount of wires but again, they want you to be able to sleep so nothing should be uncomfortable.
After the test is complete, they will go over the results with you and recommend treatment options if needed.
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