Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, CA, offers sleep studies in the convenience of a patient's home. A home sleep study (also called a home sleep test) is a convenient way to screen for sleep apnea without the need to spend the night in a sleep lab.
To diagnose sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, a patient must undergo polysomnography (sleep study). Until now, this study was normally conducted in a sleep lab, where the polysomnography equipment records physiological data. However, with today's technological advancements, a modified sleep study can be performed at home.
Benefits of home sleep testing include:
- The sleep test is conducted in the patient's home in familiar surroundings.
- Home sleep testing can be especially advantageous to the home-bound, elderly or those with chronic illness, who require specialized care such as a nurse or family member spending the night.
- The typical cost of a home sleep study is lower in cost than an in-lab sleep study and is typically just as accurate in diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea.
The test is conducted with a small device that is taken home and returned to GAMC the next day. Test data is available shortly after the equipment is returned for interpretation by a sleep specialist. Most insurances will cover a home sleep study.
If you suffer from daytime sleepiness, loud and frequent snoring, gasping, breathing pauses, morning headaches, nocturnal gastro-esophageal reflux or high blood pressure among others, you may have sleep apnea. Discuss any symptoms of sleep apnea you might have with your doctor to find out if a home sleep study is right for you.
For a referral to a GAMC physician, call (818) 409-8100.