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Traditional sleep studies required people to spend the night at a hospital or sleep study center for the night, while a sleep technician monitors the activity recorded by various wires connected to the person. Recently, home sleep studies have become an option for people who qualify, and there are a number of benefits to conducting this study in your own home.
The biggest difference of home sleep studies is that it is conducted in the comfort of a patient’s own bed. Often, people experience anxiety and an inability to sleep when they have to spend a night at the hospital, especially when they know that they are being monitored and watched. Spending the night in their own bed allows more comfort for the patient, and also for a more accurate sleep test result since they are in their own element.
Home sleep studies are actually a fraction of the cost of in-lab studies since they don’t require the expense of a hospital visit. For this reason, this kind of a study can be a great option for some, depending on what is covered by insurance and the patient’s financial situation.
Why Do I Need a Sleep Study?
1 in 5 people suffers from Sleep Apnea. This common disorder causes shallow or uneven breathing while people sleep. A patient’s breath can pause for a few seconds up to minutes, 30 or more times per hour. When breathing starts up again, it usually causes a loud snort or choking noise, which greatly reduces the quality of sleep.
Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it is nearly impossible to properly diagnose without a sleep study. Family members are usually the first to notice an issue, and even then it may just be regarded as snoring.
Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, cause irregular heartbeat, and cause major daytime drowsiness, increasing the risk of work or driving-related accidents.
How Do Home Sleep Studies Work?
We mail the sleep apnea testing kit right to the patient’s house. Once received, It is worn overnight and returned the following day. The data is then interpreted by a board-certified physician, and after that, the patient will consult with a doctor about the test results.
43 million people suffer from breathing and sleep related issues. 80% of them are undiagnosed. By getting tested you can open up the door to better sleep and a better quality of life.