What king of sleep study do I need to do?
Polysomnography tests are typically the go-to for a sleep apnea concern. This test results in a baseline polysomnogram that measures eye movement, physical movements, airway obstruction, heart rate, and a number of other stats that help put together a full picture of your sleeping patterns.
A CPAP titration study uses CPAP therapy to attempt to manage symptoms of sleep apnea. A CPAP machine uses a mask to apply constant air pressure to keep the airway from collapsing while you sleep. This prevents breathing issues associated with the different types of sleep apneas. A CPAP study will typically employ a CPAP machine to measure changes to sleep and breathing patterns compared to your baseline.
If sleep apnea is suspected but not confirmed, starting with a typical polysomnography test may cause those administering the study to wake the sleeper up halfway through the night and start a CPAP machine regimen. The second half of the night will measure any improvement so get an official diagnosis.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test
Where do I do a sleep study?
Sleep labs are usually in a hospital, but some independent labs do exist. They are usually set up as comfortable as possible to get a realistic baseline of your typical night’s sleep. Even if you aren’t able to fully relax and get as deep as sleep as you normally do, the data collected on your breathing patterns and heart rate can still be super useful in diagnosing potential problems. A tech will set you up with electrode sensors and help if you have any issues throughout the night.
You may be able to complete a sleep study at home if your doctor and insurance cover it. This would typically involve using a CPAP machine or some other device to track your sleeping habits throughout a typical 8 hour night to see any changes in your patterns, breathing, and heart rate. If you are able to book an in home test, this might be the most realistic option, instead of putting yourself in a more clinical, and perhaps stressful situation. Most independent sleep labs also offer at home solutions, and can be worked out through your insurance plan.
So, how much does a sleep study cost?
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