Home sleep study
A home sleep study, also known as a portable sleep study or home sleep apnea test, is a diagnostic tool used to evaluate sleep disorders, especially obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in the comfort of one's own home.
How does it work?
In a home sleep study, a person wears portable equipment, such as sensors, electrodes, and an oximeter, that measure various physiological functions during sleep, including brain activity, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rate, respiratory effort, and oxygen saturation. The data is then sent to a sleep specialist for analysis.
Benefits of home sleep studies
Home sleep studies are typically less expensive and less invasive than in-lab polysomnography and are well-suited for people with suspected sleep apnea who are unable to attend a sleep laboratory or who prefer to sleep in their own bed.
The accuracy of home sleep studies varies, and some studies may not detect all types of sleep disorders. In some cases, the results of a home sleep study may be inconclusive and require further evaluation with a polysomnography.
Consult a sleep doctor
If you suspect you may have a sleep disorder, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider, specifically a sleep doctor, about the best course of action, including whether a home sleep study may be appropriate for you.
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (2021). Home Sleep Studies. Retrieved from https://aasm.org/resources/patient-information/home-sleep-studies/
- National Sleep Foundation. (2021). Home Sleep Studies. Retrieved from https://www.sleepfoundation.org/home-sleep-studies
- Mayo Clinic. (2021). Home Sleep Apnea Test. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/home-sleep-apnea-test/about/pac-20395209
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). Sleep Studies. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/sleep_studies.html
- World Health Organization. (2021). Sleep Disorders. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/questions-and-answers/item/sleep-disorders
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