Polysomnography: what is it?

Polysomnography: what is it?

If you have a sleep disorder and have shared it with your doctor, he/she has probably told you about polysomnography. Polysomnography is a medical procedure to analyze your sleep and make a medical diagnosis. Don't panic, we will explain everything to you.


 

How does it work?

Polysomnography is the reference in terms of sleep tests nowadays. Electrodes placed on the head, face, chest, hands and legs monitor several factors such as breathing, CO2 levels, oxygen saturation, snoring, heart rate, position and movements. The simultaneous reading of all these signals enables the detection of sleep disorders. It is a complicated process to automate: an expert needs to analyze the data in every 30-second section recorded throughout the night.

What is the process behind polysomnography?

The idea is to analyze your sleep to determine whether or not you have sleep disorders. However, this process is long, tedious and expensive.

Let's look at how polysomnography takes place, from awareness of a potential sleep disorder to access to results and diagnosis:

  • The patient's journey usually begins with a visit to their doctor,
  • They are then sent to a sleep specialist who prescribes them a sleep exploration test,
  • The delay before a sleep test is long because sleep study centres are saturated and waiting lists for appointments last several months,
  • The night spent with bulky equipment and numerous cables remains an experience often badly lived, far from one's natural sleeping conditions,
  • The patient will need to return regularly to the specialist, first for diagnosis and then for follow-up treatment.

As you will have understood, obtaining a medical diagnosis of your sleep is complicated. This complexity is a significant obstacle resulting in a very low diagnosis rate (only 20%) of respiratory pathologies whereas it multiplies the risk of death by three.

Save time and money

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