In-home sleep studies can be a highly beneficial alternative to traditional testing performed in a supervised sleep laboratory. In-home sleep studies often allow for lower costs and greater comfort to the patient. However, these studies can often produce recordings and results with varying levels of accuracy.
In Part 1 of this 2-part series on in-home sleep studies, we will explore Portable Sleep Testing and the various benefits and costs associated with this particular testing method.
Portable Sleep Testing
Portable Sleep Testing is a method primarily used to detect the presence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Testing parameters typically include oximetry, nasal/oral airflow and respiratory effect. A Portable Sleep Test conducted in the home is often used as a substitute for the first of a two-night procedure traditionally conducted in a sleep laboratory.
The key benefit of Portable Sleep Testing is that it is a lower cost alternative to more expensive equipment used in conventional testing methods. It is also beneficial to sleep laboratories because the increased laboratory vacancies enable them to serve more patients.
The downside to using Portable Sleep Testing is the occurrence of “false negative” findings, leading to inaccurate results. False negative findings are caused by an inability to monitor body positioning and determine whether the patient was actually asleep during the recording.
To learn more about Portable Sleep Testing, please contact one of our sleep specialists. Stay tuned for Sleep Studies in the Home – Part 2.
Posted by Dr. Gautam Samadder