What is a home sleep study?
An at-home sleep study is one type of polysomnography, a test that evaluates a patient to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. Traditionally, polysomnography had to be performed in a sleep lab to gather the appropriate data for making a sleep apnea diagnosis. Today, patients have a much more convenient option known as a home sleep study or home polysomnography. This test allows patients to be tested from the comfort of their own bed. If you’re worried about not being able to fall asleep during an in-lab sleep study, a home sleep study may be better for you.
If you are exhibiting symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea such as excessive daytime sleepiness, chronic snoring, or even just chronic fatigue and feeling tired often, Dr. Marc Bowen may recommend that you undergo a home sleep study in order to accurately diagnose your condition. Our NYC pulmonology practice is dedicated to patient convenience and accessibility, offering the latest diagnostic tests and procedures to diagnose the cause of your breathing problems and help you find relief. Schedule an appointment with our board-certified sleep specialists on Zocdoc or call 212.480.4062 for help today. Appointments will be confirmed by office staff.
How A home sleep study works
With a home sleep study, you’ll be provided with a small device and simple instructions. You will take the device home and follow the steps for performing the sleep study before you get ready for bed. The at-home sleep study technology involves wearing a compact device around your head as you sleep, which will collect important data about your vital signs – such as pulse, blood oxygen levels, and breathing patterns. After your test, you will return the sleep study device to Dr. Bowen so he can interpret your results and make a diagnosis.
What are the advantages of an at-home sleep study for sleep apnea?
- Performed from the comfort and convenience of your own bed
- Eliminates the need to spend the night at a hospital or sleep lab
- Produces accurate results with quick turnaround in order to make a sleep apnea diagnosis
- Cost-effective testing option
- Provides a better profile of the patient’s breathing during sleep in his or her normal environment
In certain cases, a home polysomnography may not be the best option and an in-lab sleep study may be recommended instead. This may be the case if another sleep disorder in addition to obstructive sleep apnea is suspected (e.g. restless legs syndrome) or if you have other health problems that warrant a more involved diagnostic test.
What to expect after undergoing a home sleep study for sleep apnea
After undergoing at-home sleep apnea testing, Dr. Bowen will be able to interpret the data provided by your polysomnogram and make a diagnosis. If the results indicate the presence of obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Bowen will prescribe treatment and explain the next steps to follow in order to achieve the restful and restorative sleep that you deserve.