Many people are familiar with the idea of going to a sleep lab to conduct an overnight sleep study; what you might not know is that you can also complete a sleep study in your own home. Home Sleep Tests have become increasingly popular with patients, physicians, and insurance companies over the last decade.
So, what are the benefits to a Home Sleep Test? Convenience is one of the most compelling reasons for a patient to choose a Home Sleep Test. The test is performed by the patient in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own home. This method ensures that the study captures an accurate night of sleep for the patient by allowing them to follow their normal nighttime routine and sleep habits.
An in-home sleep study can be performed over one or multiple nights and records many of the same physiological channels as an in-lab study, such as: heart rate, oxygen saturation, body position, respiratory effort, airflow, snoring, body movement, sleep states (REM verse Non-REM), sleep stages (Light, Deep or REM sleep), and actigraphy. Like the in-lab study, the results of the home sleep test determines the severity of the sleep apnea, and provides a comprehensive report for a physician to review.
Not only is an in-home sleep study convenient and more accurate for a patient, it is also cost effective. Home sleep testing has a cost savings of over 75% compared to a sleep lab.
If you think you’re a good candidate for a home sleep test, call your local SleepQuest office or click here to begin the process online.