Sleep studies are tests that measure how well you sleep and how your body responds to sleep problems. These tests can help your doctor to find out whether you have a sleep disorder and how severe it is.
Sleep studies are whole night study and are important because untreated sleep disorders can increase your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other medical conditions. Sleep disorders also have been linked to an increased risk of injury, such as falling (in the elderly) and car accidents.
However, sleep disorders can be treated. Talk with your doctor if you snore regularly or feel very tired while at work or school most days of the week, if you often have trouble falling or staying asleep, or if you wake up too early and aren’t able to go back to sleep. These are common signs of a sleep disorder.