An at-home sleep study is a test that a patient takes home from the doctor’s office to test body functions and levels while the patient sleeps. Most home sleep studies are done within one night, and the patient returns with the sleep study machine the next day. At that time, a doctor trained in sleep studies will analyze and go over the results with the patient
Why is a home sleep study used?
Home sleep studies test results are used by our doctors at Sinus Center LA in Pacific Palisades in order to help diagnostically screen for the following conditions:
Clenching or grinding your teeth during sleep
Obstructive sleep apnea (mild or moderate)
Lack of oxygen and suspected blood pressure fluctuations during sleep
A home sleep study test can also be used to measure the effectiveness of an MPA, which is a device prescribed by our doctors and made by our laboratory that fits comfortably inside your mouth while sleeping to allow your jaw to be positioned slightly forward, helping you breath better and take in more oxygen when you sleep.
What does a home sleep study involve?
Before the home sleep study is conducted, a board certified sleep specialist working with our specialists at Sinus Center LA will consult with you to see if you are a good candidate for a home sleep study vs. an overnight sleep study at an overnight sleep center. On the day of the sleep study analysis, patients should:
Follow your normal routine
Go to sleep at your usual time
Avoid daytime napping
Avoid caffeine, especially after noon
Once you are ready to sleep, you will need to attach the sleep test sensors to your body — your doctor will explain this in more depth to you on the day of your study. You will also need to turn the machine on and follow any prompts. Then, patients should sleep as normal, returning to their doctor with the machine the following morning.
What are the benefits of using a home sleep study?
Benefits of using Sinus Center LA’s at home sleep study include:
Screening for sleep problems
Measure sleep apnea episodes
Monitor oxygen levels and breathing
Measure blood pressure and heart rate
Record clenching or grinding of your teeth during sleep
Measure body position and movements
Measure the stages of sleep including REM sleep
If you believe you may benefit from an at home sleep study, the first step is to consult with a sleep specialist. Ear, nose, and throat experts at Sinus Center LA are trained and practiced in treating sleep apnea with CPAP. Fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or to learn more about Sinus Center LA’s treatment options.