At-Home Sleep Testing – Mangum, OK
An Easy Way to Detect Sleep Apnea
Recognizing sleep apnea for what it is can be difficult; many of the symptoms such as insomnia or snoring can be linked to other conditions, and oftentimes the person suffering from the disorder won’t notice until it has already taken a toll on their overall health and well-being. Before Dr. Lively can treat sleep apnea, he’ll need a proper diagnosis from a sleep physician, which is normally done through a sleep test. Traditional sleep tests take place in a laboratory, but if you’re worried that you won’t be able to rest in a strange environment hooked up to various machines, there’s a much more convenient option that lets us gather the data we need while you sleep soundly in your own bed. Call EZ Sleep Solutions today to learn more about at-home sleep testing.
What is a Take-Home Sleep Test?
A sleep test is a way to monitor your vital signs while you’re asleep in order to determine whether you have sleep apnea or another disorder. These tests can be done with special devices such as the MediByte Jr., which you can take home with you. After following our instructions for setting up the device, you can simply let yourself drift off to sleep while your biometrics are measured. This information is all stored on the equipment, and a trusted sleep physician can evaluate it to determine the nature of your disorder.
What Does It Measure?
A sleep test measures your heart rate, breathing pattern, blood oxygen levels, movements you make throughout the night, snoring, and other variables. By collecting all of this data, a sleep physician can not only identify sleep apnea but also determine how severe it is.
Benefits of Take-Home Sleep Test
Home sleep tests tend to be more cost-effective and comfortable than those performed in a lab, and it goes without saying that being able to complete the process at home is easier on you, the patient. Other benefits include:
- The ability to have the test done while spending the night at home in your own bed in familiar surroundings, which helps to ensure you get plenty of sleep in order to give a good reading.
- An ideal option for elderly or homebound patients who need specialized care from members of their own family or a home nurse.
- The convenience of being able to easily slip the test into your busy schedule since you won’t have to arrange an overnight stay in a lab.
On the day of the test, we’ll ask you to avoid naps and stop taking caffeine after lunch; otherwise, you should follow your normal routine as closely as you can. You’ll go to bed at your regular time and attach the various sensors to your body as instructed; you may also need to keep a sleep log. When you wake up the following morning, you’ll bring the device back to our clinic.
The MediByte Jr is the actual device we use for at-home sleep testing. It consists of a small monitor that sits on the chest and is connected to tiny tubes that fit comfortably in the nostrils. It only takes 5-10 minutes to set up, and it allows a patient to sleep in whatever position is most comfortable for them. After spending the night with it, a patient will return the MediByte to our office, and we’ll send the readings to a sleep physician who will evaluate them and make a diagnosis.
Unlike cumbersome at-home sleep apnea tests, WatchPAT is easy to set up, and it shouldn’t disturb your normal sleep patterns. This less invasive device gives us a more accurate view and can make diagnosis much simpler. All you have to do is put on the chest monitor, attach the bracelet to your non-dominate hand, and wear a finger probe. The device records what happens during a typical night’s sleep in the comfort of your own bed, enabling us to know how best to treat your condition.