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Why do scientist conduct sleep studies on patients?

Im curious. The place where my mother used to work used to be a place where patients were used for sleep studies. I've wondered why they did those type of studies. is it to gather information? is it to further their studies? are they trying to find phobias or sleep related issues while conducting their studies? =/

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I'm not an expert on this, but I would think that it helps scientists learn about sleep disorders. I'm sure that knowing more about sleep in general could contribute to their research on the disorders. It could also just be for the sake of having the knowledge, which seems kind of pointless in my opinion (why waste time on stuff like that when you could be researching something more relevant, like AIDS or cancer :)

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To stop the spouse of a snorer from killing them!

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Sleep studies are done to see if there are physical issues that are treatable. Example: prolonged lack of sleep can lead to cardiac issues and psychosis Sometimes the solution is adding vitamins to your diet or machine to keep your airway open while sleeping. They don't know until a sleep study is done.
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if you have netflix, there is a documentary on that topic. I didn't get to finish watching the whole thing. But they do some study of the brain parts, like Parietal Lobe, Frontal Lobe, Temporal Lobe and more. They looking for some behavior between when you sleep and when your not sleeping. Don't know to much but is interesting to know. Will have to finish watching and give you more info.

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To see which sleeping habits are good, and to study how dreams work and stuff I guess

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