At Nithra, we conduct various types of sleep studies. A sleep study or polysomnography is a diagnostic procedure recording multiple parameters that identify different sleep stages and identify the nature and severity of the sleep problem. A trained sleep technician closely monitors all sleep studies at Nithra throughout the night and records the data. Subsequently, the studies are extensively analyzed through the process of ‘scoring’ and then interpreted by the sleep specialist, who plans treatment further based on the results.
Although the overnight sleep study (polysomnogram) is the ideal way to analyze various aspects of your sleep, your doctor may choose a portable four-channel study to diagnose specific problems such as snoring and sleep apnea. These studies, referred to as cardiorespiratory sleep study or level 3 portable study, may be performed at the convenience of your home, a friend’s place, a hotel room or at any other healthcare facility.
Sleep studies are being performed in labs and at home (portable) in many locations worldwide. It is important to have these studies appropriately processed (scoring) and interpreted; however, skilled sleep technologists and sleep medicine specialists may not be available in most of these places. Our sleep technicians are skilled in manually scoring the “raw data” recorded during various levels of polysomnography done anywhere. Our sleep specialists offer interpretation services, analyze and provide reports on these scored sleep studies sent from any lab. Interpretation of the sleep studies by certified sleep specialists helps other physicians provide appropriate care to their patients.
A portable study where the patient wears a ‘watch’ for five to seven days to monitor sleep and activity. Maintaining a sleep diary during the same period helps compare the perceived and actual sleep patterns.
The sleep specialist might advise the patient to use PAP devices considering their clinical profile and sleep study report. Our team educates the patient on the use of PAP devices and their maintenance, and personally helps to clarify any queries.