Sleep Disorder Diagnosis

Whether it’s at home or in a controlled medical setting, diagnosing your sleep disorder is a straightforward process, accessible to all types of patients.


The Home Sleep Test

Technology has revolutionized sleep disorder testing. While laboratory testing has become more comfortable and more accurate, the most profound advancements have taken place in at-home diagnostic technology. Focused on size, comfort and ease of use, at-home solutions have become, an accessible alternative to in lab testing.

This test is conducted at the home of the patient. This test is specifically designed to assist in the diagnosis of sleep disorder breathing, specifically Sleep Apnea. The test is convenient for the patient and many experts agree that testing the patients sleep in their normal home environment offers many advantages to the laboratory setting.

Home sleep tests start with a visit to a primary care physician who first assesses patients for abnormalities in sleep behavior. When abnormalities are found, the physician will dispense a take home device that they have available in their office. The patient will take the device home, wear it that evening while they sleep, and return it to the physician's office the next day. Results will be available usually within 24 hours.

Based on the results, the physician can rule out OSA, diagnose OSA and prescribe therapy, or prescribe further testing or titration to be performed in a sleep laboratory using PSG. Prior to the home sleep test, only the latter option was available to primary care physicians, at the expense and inconvenience of millions of patients.

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An Overnight PSG (Polysomnogram)

PSG's are tests that measure how well you sleep and how your body responds to sleep problems. These tests can help your doctor find out whether you have a sleep disorder and how severe it is.

PSG's are conducted in a sleep lab where you will spend the night. A technician will monitor you on a video camera all night while also monitoring and recording your biological signals on a computer system

This overnight recording will then be delivered to your doctor for an interpretation of the data. Your doctor will review the results with you and recommend any treatment if the results are positive.

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The Importance of Sleep Studies

Untreated sleep disorders can raise your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and other medical conditions.

Sleep disorders also have been linked to an increased risk of injury, such as falling (in the elderly) and car accidents. Most sleep disorders can be treated.

Talk with your doctor if you snore regularly or feel very tired while at work or school most days of the week. You also may want to talk with your doctor if you often have trouble falling or staying asleep, or if you wake up too early and aren't able to go back to sleep. These are common signs of a sleep disorder.

 

How Sleepy Are You?

Take a quick 3 minute survey about your sleeping habits. This will help us understand if you are showing signs of a sleeping disorder.

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General Statistics

Sleep problems add an estimated $15.9 billion to national health care cost.

84 classifications of sleep disorders exist.

Adults require an average of 8 to 8.5 hours of sleep each night.

 

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More Sleep Resources

Here are some helpful resources that will help you with your journey to a more restful sleep.

SLEEP EDUCATION WEBSITE

A.W.A.K.E. CPAP SUPPORT GROUP

CPAP LIFE ON FACEBOOK

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