HOME SLEEP STUDY


Home Sleep test

It is a sleep study tool that helps in  diagnosis of a condition called Obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition the muscles of your throat relaxes in between causing blockage of your airway during sleep. Home sleep testing is also called ‘Unattended Sleep Study’.   HST devices are portable – about the size of a telephone handset.

Indications of sleep study

Patients with the following symptoms;

  • Snoring loudly
  • Interrupted sleep with frequent wakenings
  • Excessive day time sleepiness
  • Choking and gasping noises in sleep
  • Headache,sorethroat or dry mouth on waking up in the morning
  • High blood pressure

Meausurements taken during sleep study

  • Oral and Nasal airflow
  • Respiratory effort
  • Blood oxygen saturation
  • Heart rate

Procedure:

The patient is made to wear the sensors on the body before sleeping and sleeps with the equipment for 1-3 nights. The data is downloaded at the service company and is processed and interpreted by a sleep physician. The ordering physician will discuss the sleep study report with you.

 

Advantages of HST

  • Three times less expensive than polysomnography( a more elaborate test).
  • Not painful.
  • Can be done in the comfort of your home.