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About sleep studies

Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) includes various conditions caused by problems with respiration during sleep. The most common type of SDB is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The number of people with SDB is increasing - mainly due to population aging, rising rates of obesity, and growing numbers of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Improved public and physician awareness of the health risks associated with sleep disorders is also contributing to the growing demand for sleep studies.

Level I sleep studies, or polysomnography, involve overnight testing in a sleep laboratory with a trained health care professional in attendance. Polysomnography is the reference standard for the diagnosis of SDB because it captures many different types of physiological data and can distinguish both OSA and other sleep disorders.

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Which sub-populations of SDB patients are most appropriately diagnosed with level I sleep studies?

Level I in-lab sleep studies (polysomnography) are appropriate for diagnosing patients with all types of SDB (obstructive and central sleep apneas, Cheyne-Stokes breathing, nocturnal bronchospasm, etc.). Level I sleep studies are considered the reference (or “gold”) standard test for the diagnosis of SDB and for the diagnosis of other non-breathing related sleep disorders.

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Home sleep testing provides a board certified sleep medicine physician with the information he or she needs to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. It allows you to sleep at home wearing equipment that collects information about how you breathe during sleep. You will usually set up the testing equipment yourself.

SleepMed Corp. builds fully integrated turnkey sleep assessment programs into your existing medical or dental practice. We use state of art home sleep test monitoring devices to easily screen through a variety of sleep disordered breathing problem in the comfort of your patients home.

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Home Sleep Apnea Testing - Testing Process & Results

A home sleep apnea test is designed to be a convenient way to collect information about your sleep. On the day of your test:

  • Try to follow your regular routine as much as possible.
  • Avoid napping
  • Eliminate use of caffeine after lunch
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