The Showdown: Home Sleep Testing vs Lab Sleep Studies
In the United States alone, nearly 850,000 sleep tests, also known as polysomnography, are conducted annually. With over 4,700 labs to help diagnose patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA not much has changed since the 1980’s, until recently.
While participating in a sleep study, patients are made to try their best to sleep in a lab or a hospital environment while the professionals do their best to get accurate readings from the patients’ polysomnography. Some patients and medical professionals are now changing their process on how sleep studies and tests are performed by keeping patients in their usual settings, at home.
When Should A Sleep Study Happen?
If you are struggling to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get a restful night’s sleep, a sleep study is probably what you need. It’s time to talk to your healthcare provider and look into how your sleeping if you are experiencing the following Obstructive Sleep Apnea symptoms: