Home vs. In-Lab Monitored Sleep Study
While home sleep studies are now more widely accepted, sleep experts agree that Polysomnography (in-lab, monitored sleep study) is the gold standard. There are certainly devices that can be used at home. The question is whether or not you want to base a life-long diagnosis on an estimate of what is really happening versus having your results (and the equipment) closely monitored by a trained technician while you actually sleep. After all, your diagnosis and treatment options are based on the information obtained during the sleep study.
During a home sleep study you typically sleep one to three nights with the equipment, and then the data is “interpreted” by a physician. In reality, there is no interpretation of the data by a physician because the machine only produces numbers. There are no electrode tracings to review as in a real, monitored, in-lab sleep study.
With an in-lab sleep study, the sleep technician will:
- Gather sleep stage data
- Assess sleep stage-related Sleep Apnea
- Perform an electrocardiogram. Many patients with obstructive Sleep
- Apnea have arrhythmias during sleep caused by their sleep apnea.
- Record body position to diagnose positional Sleep Apnea
- Record limb movements to diagnose Periodic Limb Movement
- Disorder which can contribute to daytime sleepiness and fatigue
- Accurately gauge the severity of disease
- Reposition leads and address lead malfunctions throughout the night
- Titrate Positive Airway Therapy
If you would like to schedule a Sleep Study, talk to your physician for a referral, or contact us directly to schedule an appointment or obtain additional information.