If you snore at night or have other symptoms that make you and your ENT believe you may have sleep apnea, the first step in diagnosing the issue is a sleep study. A home sleep study has become a more attractive option for many people given the climate of the last few months, allowing people to complete the diagnosis of sleep apnea without spending the night in a lab. Home sleep studies can monitor patients who experience drops in oxygen levels or blood pressure, or suspected sleep apnea. Sleep studies can also be used to monitor a patient’s progress with a snoring or sleep apnea treatment.
How Does a Home Sleep Study Work?
For the home sleep study, you will be provided with the necessary equipment, which will include the sensors and wires that you will need to attach to your body as well as the machine that will gather all of the information and results. A home sleep study will measure your oxygen level throughout the night, your blood pressure, and any disruptions to your sleep. If you suspect you have sleep apnea or you have extremely disruptive snoring at night, a home sleep study can be a good option for you.
Benefits of a Home Sleep Study
A home sleep study can be a very effective solution for diagnosing sleep apnea and other complications to your sleep, because you get to sleep in your own bed. Coming into a lab to sleep can be disruptive, so it’s possible the home sleep study will provide more insight. After your home sleep study, you will have a follow up appointment with your ENT to discuss the results. Most home sleep studies can be completed in just one night.
If you believe you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience treating a variety of sleep disorders. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at 212-873-6036 to schedule an appointment today.