Start Getting More Restful Sleep With a Home Sleep Study in Naples, FL

Consistently getting high-quality sleep can have massive benefits for both your mental and physical health. Unfortunately, many people suffer from sleep disorders that prevent them from sleeping soundly through the night. If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night or feeling unusually tired when you wake up, you may have a common condition called sleep apnea. At Meliora Healthcare, we offer home sleep studies to diagnose sleep apnea and set patients on the path toward healthier sleep.

What Is a Home Sleep Study?

A home sleep apnea test (HSAT) is an overnight test conducted outside of a hospital or sleep lab. It can also be referred to as a home sleep test (HST), an out-of-center sleep test (OCST), an out-of-center (OOC) recording, or a polygraph (PG). This type of testing can accurately diagnose obstructive sleep apnea in some, but not all, people. Type 3 Home sleep apnea tests measure the following information:

  • Respiratory effort: This is a measure of how well you breathe in and out. Some at-home sleep apnea tests use a belt placed around the chest to measure how your chest rises and falls as you breathe.
  • Airflow: With some tests, you place a device called a nasal cannula inside each nostril to measure the flow of air into and out of your nose. 
  • Snoring: Some tests can detect snoring by using a chest sensor or nasal pressure sensor. 
  • Oxygen saturation: A device known as a pulse oximeter measures how much oxygen is in your blood. The device is usually placed on the tip of your finger.
  • Heart rate: The pulse oximeter you wear on your finger typically also measures your heart rate. 
  • Body position and movement: Certain test devices include sensors that can detect your body position and movement.
  • Peripheral arterial tone (PAT): PAT measures the change in volume of your finger artery, which corresponds to abnormal breathing events. Some at-home tests measure PAT as a way to track breathing, rather than measuring airflow or respiratory effort. These devices don’t require a chest band or nasal cannula.
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Who should have a home sleep apnea test?

At-home sleep studies are best suited for people who have a moderate to high risk of sleep apnea. If you’re wondering if you should try a sleep study at home, ask yourself this: Do I snore a lot? If you do, there’s a good chance someone has shared this information with you already. But, if not, some other signs that you may have obstructive sleep apnea and should consider an at-home sleep study include struggling to breathe at night, waking with a headache, waking with a very dry mouth,  and daytime sleepiness despite a reasonable amount of time spent in bed. You should also consider undergoing a HST if you are overweight or obese, have a family history of sleep apnea, or if you have other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes

Benefits of a Home Sleep Study

When compared to an in-lab polysomnogram, HSTs can offer the following benefits: 

  • Small commitment for just one night.
  • Can be done in the convenience of your own bed.
  • Easy and cost effective.
  • Minimum number of wires and sensors making it more comfortable.
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    What Should I expect?

    When undergoing a home sleep apnea test, you generally have to pick up special equipment from your doctor’s office or a sleep clinic. Then, you carefully follow the instructions provided regarding how to use the various test devices given to you. You sleep as you usually would, except with specific devices connected to your body to collect data, for at least one night.  After the test is completed, the equipment must be returned. A sleep specialist will then analyze the data to see if you meet the criteria for obstructive sleep apnea.

    Home Sleep Study FAQ

    Are there alternatives to a home sleep study?

    What are the cons of an HST?

    What happens if i have sleep apnea?

    Are there alternatives to a home sleep study?

    In-lab polysomnograms or sleep studies are the main alternative to HSTs. These can typically gather more information such as leg movements, movement disorders, seizures, arousals, fragmented sleep, sleep architecture, and whether or not you are actually asleep or awake.

    What are the cons of an HST?

    Because the HST cannot detect when the patient is actually asleep, it can produce inaccurate results on the number of apneas the person has which can in turn underestimate how severe the sleep apnea is. Artifacts can also potentially produce test failures. Sensors that may come off may not be detected and can produce results that are not useful.

    What happens if i have sleep apnea?

    If your home sleep study shows that you have sleep apnea, your doctor will work closely with you to determine the best treatment options. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as losing weight can lead to reduced symptoms. If you have a more persistent or serious case of sleep apnea, you may be prescribed continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), which involves the use of a special mask that can assist your breathing while you sleep.

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