It is important when diagnosing sleep deprivation to identify an ongoing cycle of poor sleep.The first step for recognizing a sleep problem is to keep a written sleep history in a sleep log. Write down every day how many hours sleep you’ve got, how many times per night you wake up, how rested you feel after waking up, and any feelings of sleepiness you experience during the day.
If you have a partner, it may be worth asking them to note any snoring, gasping, or limb-jerking, as a doctor may also ask about this.
It will then be possible to present this information to any doctor you visit in a meaningful manner.
Sleep specialists can also identify a pattern using a polysomnogram, or sleep study. this is carried out in a sleep laboratory.
Electrodes are placed at varied points on the body, including the scalp and face. The person with suspected sleep deprivation will sleep overnight at a sleep clinic, and these monitors will measure breathing, blood, heart rate and rhythm, muscle activity, and brain and eye movements during sleep.
Especially in those who wilfully sleep too little, diagnosis can be as easy as recognizing that you don’t get enough sleep and deciding to make changes.