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snoring.jpgWhere would you feel more comfortable sleeping? Studies show that at home testing is now just as qualifying as going to a sleep lab, although if it is deffinante that you have a form of sleep apnea or sleep disorder,  it will be requested that you spend a few nights at an overnight sleep lab for further documentation to proceed with the proper treatment. A home sleep test involves the use of a portable monitoring system that is small enough for you to use at home. The system consist of a small recording device, senors, belts and related cables and accessories. A typical home sleep test does not detect other sleep disorders such as restless legs syndrome. Having anoher sleep disorder or major medical problem also may affect the results of a home sleep test.

   Find out if a sleep study is right for you! Answer these questions below:

  1. Do you think you have a snoring problem?
  2. Has someone told you that you snore almost everynight?
  3. Has someone complained about your loud snoring?
  4. Do you tend to feel tired, even after a full nights sleep?
  5. Do you fight sleepiness durning your normal daytime routine?
  6. Has anyone ever told you that you seem unusually sleepy?
  7. Are you overwieght?
  8. Has anyone ever told you that you stop breathing in you sleep?
  9. Are you free of other sleep disorders?
  10. Are you free of other mdical problems that may affect your sleep?

If your answer to most or all of these questions is “Yes,” then you may be a good candidate for a home sleep test. Answering “NO,” to many of these questions indicated that an overnight sleep study at a sleep lab may be more appropriate for you.

 sleep-study-doc.jpgAn overnight sleep study at a sleep disorders center is useful for detecting many other sleep disorders. It also remains effective even if you have multiple medical problems or sleep disorders. The results of an overnight sleep study give your doctor the most detailed information about your sleep. Doctors call this study a polysomnogram. It charts your brain waves, heartbeat, and breathing as you sleep.  It also records your eye and leg movements as well as muscle tension. Sensors are placed on your head, face, chest and legs. They send tiny electrical signals to a computer. A clip will also be placed on your finger to note changes in the level of oxygen in your blood. The clip monitors the color of your blood.  As blood loses oxygen, it turns from red to blue.

Although a home sleep test can be convenient, it may not be the best option for you. Many sleep centers are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The AASM sets strict standards for centers to maintain. This is to make sure that patients with sleep disorders get the highest level of care. In these centers, a board-certifired sleep specialist always reviews the results of a sleep study.

 

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