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Who Needs an In-Home Sleep Study?

Who Needs an In-Home Sleep Study?

Sleep is essential for your physical, emotional, and mental health. If you’re not getting good quality sleep every night, you might be a candidate for an in-home sleep study to find out why.

At More MD, the experienced physicians offer the convenience of in-home sleep study services to better understand your sleep habits without upsetting your routine. This helps ensure the results of your study are more accurate, so you can get the treatment you need.

Understanding an in-home sleep study

An in-home sleep study is a noninvasive procedure that gathers important information about your natural sleep habits.

Many sleep studies are done in a professional medical setting but being away from your own bed can be uncomfortable. When you engage in a sleep study at home, you can relax more. The cost of the study is also less than if you would spend a night in a sleep lab.

What to expect during an at-home sleep study

Our team at More MD provides you with a home sleep kit that you can set up on your own before you go to sleep.

You will wrap a belt around your waist. This belt has a wire that connects to an external monitor to record important details about your sleep. You also wear a clip over your finger and an airflow sensor around your face that rests under your nose.

Once all the parts are in place, you will turn the monitor on. The wire, finger clip, and airflow sensor immediately begin tracking information about your sleep habits, such as your:

If you snore, the in-home sleep study kit can identify how often and how long you snore throughout your sleep cycle.

Depending on your specific situation, you may only need to use the kit one night before you return the monitor to our office and get your results. However, you may also need to use the sleep kit for several nights to get a clear understanding of your sleep habits and what may be interfering with your sleep quality.

Reasons you might need an in-home sleep study

Our physicians at More MD may recommend an in-home sleep study if you have excessive daytime sleepiness, persistent fatigue, or if your partner complains about your snoring.

Snoring is often a sign of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea is the result of collapsed tissue in your airway that blocks your intake of oxygen during the night. This tissue can collapse into your airway as your muscles relax when you sleep.

You can also have central sleep apnea, a condition that results when your central nervous system isn’t functioning properly. This system plays a role in unconscious body functions, like your breathing and heartbeat, and damage or dysfunction can interfere with your breathing while you sleep.

Because a lack of sleep and sleep apnea can have negative effects on your health, it’s important that you get a proper diagnosis to prevent complications. Sleep apnea can increase your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic diseases, so an in-home sleep study may be a part of your diagnosis and your preventive care plan.

To find out if you qualify for an in-home sleep study, call the More MD office nearest you or book a consultation online today. 

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