How Does a Home Sleep Study Work?

If you are having trouble getting a good night’s rest, then you may have wondered if you are suffering from sleep apnea. There are several telltale signs of sleep apnea that you can verify with your doctor to determine if you have the condition.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Breathing frequently stops in short spurts while sleeping
  • Sudden awakening with shortness of breath
  • Waking with dry mouth or a sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Sleepy during the day
  • Problems with focus
  • Irritability

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then you should make an appointment to visit your doctor or sleep specialist.

Polysomnography

The reason that visiting a doctor or sleep specialist is so important is that there are a host of medical complications that can potentially occur due to lack of sleep. Medical researchers believe that having sleep apnea can potentially raise your heart rate and increase your blood pressure, putting unnecessary strain on your heart. In addition, there is an increase in the levels of chemicals in the blood that cause inflammation and increased blood sugar.

How to Take a Home Sleep Study

A polysomnography obviously requires sleeping away from your home outside of your bed. Some people attribute a poor night's sleep because it isn't in the comfort of their bed. Also, a sleep test in a lab can be expensive. If your insurance doesn't cover the cost, you could be spending $3,000. A home sleep test allows you to sleep in your own bed at a fraction of the cost.

No matter what device you use, the outcome remains the same. The purpose of the selected device is to measure the patient’s AHI, or Apnea Hypopnea Index. This is the number of times the patient experiences a short pause in breathing for 10 seconds or more. This number is most important as it is the number used to determine the severity of sleep apnea. There will also be a finger probe mechanism that will help to measure blood oxygen levels and your pulse rate.

Clinical Support from the Comfort of Home

We understand that our customers don’t want to feel as if they are on their own once they have purchased the at home sleep study. That is why if you do decide to participate in a sleep study at home, there will be plenty of support to ensure that you are using the sleep testing device properly. Aeroflow has a 24-hour customer service phone line to answer any questions you may have pertaining to your sleep study. We also provide a number of videos to help you with assembling your sleep study equipment so that it will measure your AHI, blood oxygen levels, and pulse rate properly.

A home sleep study is convenient for those who are on the road often, as truck drivers often need a CDL sleep study to ensure they're healthy to drive, or for those who may not have a sleep study facility in their immediate area. It may also provide more comfort to you while undergoing your test. If you are serious about getting a sleep study, consider doing one at home for an easy, comfortable experience!

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