Home Sleep Study

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a disease with dangerous consequences for health. It can be suspected by regular “bogatyr” snoring and daytime sleepiness. But how many people are ready to go to the doctor if the problem at first sight consists only of nocturnal “trillings”? And what percentage of them would agree to stay overnight in a somnological laboratory and sleep under the supervision of specialists?

In order to diagnose OSAS and determine the severity of the disease, a simple consultation with a doctor is not enough, you really need an examination. The most accurate information about the patient’s condition during the night’s rest is given by polysomnography. But the procedure is complicated and costs a lot. And, frankly speaking, not every city has an opportunity to pass such testing. Fortunately, there is an alternative method – cardiorespiratory monitoring. Ideally, it should also be carried out in a somnologic center under the supervision of a doctor. However, this test can also be done at home.

We will tell you about the advantages and common problems of home diagnostics of nocturnal apnea, and also point out the situations when the examination in the laboratory can’t be avoided.

What is a Home Sleep Study?

Home testing requires special equipment, which is provided by many sleep medicine centers after prior consultation with a specialist. For the examination, sensors are attached to the patient’s body, which allow you to determine:

The data obtained during home testing should be processed and analyzed by an expert in respiratory sleep medicine. Many such devices allow you to obtain a protocol of the results of the examination in automatic mode. But without verification of the automatic analysis data by a specialist, without taking into account the patient’s condition and medical history, the reliability of the diagnosis may be very low.

The Pros of Sleep Study at Home

When comparing testing in a sleep lab and at home, it is not difficult to name the advantages of the latter option for the patient.