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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to see a sleep specialist

You may have to keep unusual work hours for a long period of time. In this case, you may want to visit a sleep specialist.

He or she can provide you with methods to help your body adjust and to improve your sleep.

Will I need to take any tests

Normally, a record of your sleep patterns and your work schedule is enough information for the doctor.

He or she may want to use additional tests if other sleep disorders are suspected to be causing your problems.

One or both of the following sleep studies might be considered:

Overnight Sleep Study

Also called a polysomnogram, this study charts your brain waves, heart beat, and breathing as you sleep. It also records how your arms and legs move.

Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)

This is a daytime nap study that records brain waves during at least four naps. The MSLT measures how fast you fall asleep during the day. It also shows what kind of sleep you have when you take a nap.

Sleep Center