Should I undergo a sleep study?
In order to diagnose Sleep Apnea or other sleep disorders, a patient must undergo a polysomnography (sleep study). In the past, this was done in a sleep lab, requiring the patient to spend the night in a sleep lab, while the polysomnography (PSG) equipment recorded his/her physiological data. However, with today’s technological advancements, a sleep study can be performed at a patient’s home.
Home Sleep Study Benefits
The patient self-administers the home sleep test (HST), and is able to spend the night in their own bed in familiar surroundings.
A home sleep test, can be especially advantageous to the home-bound, elderly, or those with chronic illness, who require specialized care such as a nurse or family member spending the night, expensive transportation costs, etc. It is also beneficial for those with trouble arranging time out of their schedules to spend the night in a lab or don’t generally sleep well in a hotel.
The typical cost of a home sleep test is only a fraction of the cost of an in-lab sleep study, and typically yields similar results in the diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).