Specially trained technologists monitor you throughout the night in comfortable surroundings designed to simulate the sleep environment at home. The test is painless, noninvasive and lasts no longer than a couple of nights. This kind of sleep evaluation includes brain wave and heart rhythm monitoring, and tests for:
- eye movements
- muscle tension
- respiratory activity
- blood-oxygen saturation
Sleep studies are available for adults and children.
Tips for Better Sleep
Some sleep disturbances are minor, and may be caused by behaviors that you can change on your own. The National Sleep Foundation offers the following tips for a good night’s sleep:
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime.
- Minimize light, noise and temperature extremes in the bedroom.
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends and days off.
- Finish eating at least two to three hours before going to bed.
- Exercise regularly.
A simple phone call to The Sleep Center is all that’s needed to set up a consultation with a board-certified sleep medicine specialist. You can reach the Sleep Center by calling (281) 397-2719.
A doctor’s order is required for a sleep study. You can find a doctor by using the Houston Northwest Physician Finder.