House Call: Sleep Testing — Home vs. Lab
Cone Health Sleep Disorders Center offers two options in sleep disorder testing: home and lab/in-center testing.
Home study technology has become much more advanced over the years with the benefits of home sleep studies including convenience, simplicity, lower costs to administer and easier scheduling.
While home sleep studies may be more convenient and comfortable for the patient, sleep studies done in the Sleep Center create a controlled environment. They are more thorough with trained professionals monitoring the sleep study equipment and observers taking note of unusual sleep behaviors and measuring the sleep study technology readings.
Like many diagnostic tests, candidacy and eligibility for the types of testing varies among patients.
Home sleep studies are most suitable for adult patients who do not have complicated cases due to other co-existing health conditions and mainly aim to measure if a person has sleep apnea and the degree of severity of the disorder.
Patients with significant comorbidities or child patients who may present a cooperation issue are best suited for sleep studies conducted in the sleep center.
If you suspect you or someone you know may be suffering from a sleep disorder, talk to your doctor about getting referred to a sleep center to get proper assessment.
Dr. Clint Young is a pulmonary medicine specialist and the medical director of Cone Health Sleep Disorders Center. Dr. Young serves as a diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Virginia Medical Center. Dr. Young completed his residency at University of South Carolina and his fellowship at University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.