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Procedure - Sleep Studies

The Ogden Clinic Sleep Lab is certified by the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC). ACHC provides a patient-focused approach to Sleep Accreditation with principles that were developed by professionals to ensure relevant and realistic standards. By achieving this accreditation, Ogden Clinic demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest-quality service through compliance with national regulations and industry best practices. To learn more about the ACHC Accreditation, please visit https://www.achc.org/.

Sleep studies, or polysomnograms, are used to monitor a patient’s sleep stages and cycles to determine why the patient is experiencing disrupted sleep. While the patient is asleep, a polysomnography records the oxygen level in the blood, heart rate, breathing pattern, brain waves, snoring, body position, and eye and leg movement. For patients across Utah, Ogden Clinic Neurology offers sleep studies to diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders, including insomnia, narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder, REM sleep behavior disorder, and sleep apnea.

Sleep studies are conducted in a sleep lab and can be performed in the evening, or during the day for shift workers accustomed to being up all night and sleeping all day. Sleep studies are used to diagnose sleep disorders, but can also be used as a means to assess new treatment plans for preexisting sleep conditions. Sleep studies are noninvasive and painless, and rarely result in complications.

What to Expect

Before coming in for a sleepy study with Ogden Clinic Neurology, it is important to avoid napping that afternoon. Your doctor will also ask that you refrain from drinking alcohol or beverages with caffeine that afternoon or evening, as these substances can change your sleep patterns.

For the polysomnography, you will come to the sleep lab and stay overnight. You may bring your normal bedtime items, as well as your own night clothes. The room in which the sleep study takes place is similar to a hotel room and will be dark and quiet. You will not share this room with anyone else and it will have its own bathroom.

The room is equipped with a video camera and audio system, so the specialists monitoring your test can see what’s happening while you sleep, and also communicate with you if needed. After you are ready for bed, the specialist will apply sensors with a mild adhesive to your temples, scalp, chest, and legs. You will also have a small clip placed on your finger or ear to monitor your blood oxygen levels. While you may not get a full night’s sleep during the polysomnography, the results should still provide the doctor with enough information to diagnose your condition.

If you have been experiencing problems with your sleep, contact Ogden Clinic Neurology in Utah to learn more about our sleep studies and treatment options.


Hammond, R. Chris, DO
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3200