Sleep disturbances cause several symptoms that can affect mood, energy levels, and overall health. Humans spend 1/3 of their life sleeping, and if one suffers from a sleep related disorder, an accurate diagnosis is essential for effective treatment. Many people are reluctant to get a sleep test done because of the discomfort and high cost of spending a night at a sleep center.
How often do you find yourself not waking up feeling fresh, with a morning headache, or experiencing daytime sleepiness? Does your partner find themselves unable to fall asleep frequently because of your snoring?
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be at risk of obstructive sleep apnea. If you have sleep-
The difference between a home sleep study and an in-clinic sleep study?
The Home Sleep Test (HST) takes place in the patient’s home. Prior to testing, patients receive training from a qualified technician on how to use the device. Equipment is minimal. When ready for sleep, the patient turns on the device and sleeps normally. After testing, the device is returned to a technician for analysis. The advantages of a home sleep study test include cost, comfort, and accessibility.
In-clinic testing takes place in a hospital or self-contained sleep center, where advanced sensors and technicians are available. Patients are made as comfortable as possible and asked to observe their normal night-time routines. Tests at the center allow detailed monitoring of a patient’s brain waves, oxygen saturation, leg movements, heart rate, and other milestones for the diagnosis of many sleep disorders. Technicians monitor patients throughout the night and occasionally adjust equipment to ensure the most detailed results possible. The advantages of an in-clinic sleep study include detailed studies and comprehensiveness.
Which type of test is more suitable for you?
If you are suffering from symptoms related to a sleep -disorder, talk to your doctor or sleep specialist to educate yourself and determine the best option for sleep study.
A home sleep test is advised for you if:
- You show symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Take our online sleep assessment test to self-assess your sleep symptoms. If you do have more than one symptom, you could be at risk of sleep apnea.
- If you suffer from high-risk causes that can contribute to obstructive sleep apnea such as hypertension, diabetes, or being overweight.
- If you have been recommended by your doctor to take a test for obstructive sleep apnea, and you suspect you may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, consider booking a consultation with our in-house doctor to take an informed approach to your sleep health.
When testing for obstructive sleep apnea at home?
You can always take the first step to assess the level of your apnea with a home test. So here is a great analogy for you to make a better decision, “when you teach a child to run, you first teach them to walk”, and taking one step to understand your level of apnea or eliminate if you have apnea, the home test can be a more cost-effective solution. There are some underlying benefits listed below to feel encouraged and take the test if necessary.
- It allows you to sleep in the comfort of your own bed, and you will sleep better at home, so this can provide better data measuring your sleep.
- Have the convenience of self-administering the study and skipping the hassles of an unknown, external sleep lab. No need to worry about waking up early, traveling home, or getting the kids ready in a rush.
- Pay a fraction of the cost by conducting the study from your own home
Benefit from multiple nights of recordings to decrease night-to-night result variability from a PSG study. In a lab, you may experience poor sleep due to a new sleeping environment, which can underestimate your sleep apnea test result. The only comfortable and economical way to decrease this variability is to take a home sleep test.
With Sleepiz, get a home sleep test using our wireless device, which can easily record your sleep data simply by being placed on your bedside table. After using the device to measure your sleep comfortably for 3 nights, we provide a corresponding report of your results with an overview of your sleep statistics and the number of breathing pauses you had in the night, which can determine your risk of suffering from sleep apnea. We also include a phone consultation with our team of experts to walk you through your results, provide sleep-related insights and answer any questions you have.
Take the first step towards your sleep health with us.
If you suspect you or a loved one may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, book our HST here.
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