What happens during sleep disorder testing?
Cone Health Sleep Disorders Center and Annie Penn Sleep Disorders Center offer 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 including convenience, simplicity, lower costs to administer and easier scheduling. Patients are able to administer the home sleep studies by themselves, simply strapping the flexible bands around their chest and abdomen, placing the nasal cannula in the nose and securing the finger monitor. The straps measure how much the patient’s chest and abdomen are moving throughout the night, the nasal cannula measures whether or not the airway is being occluded and the finger monitor measures the patient’s oxygen levels.
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. They mainly aim to measure if a person has sleep apnea and measure the 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.
Christy Hall is the manager of Annie Penn Sleep Center and Respiratory Therapy and has been a respiratory therapist for twenty-four years. She is a graduate of California College of Health Sciences with a degree in respiratory therapy.