At Home Sleep Study: How it Works & What to Expect
Whether you or your partner are struggling with snoring, sleep apnea or an ill-fitting CPAP mask, you know the toll it’s taking on your quality of life. Your relationships, work and your overall focus on life are suffering and you finally hit your limit. It's time to finally get some answers to what your body is doing when you're trying to catch your z's.
An at home sleep study is the answer. And it couldn't be easier...
After you’ve made an appointment to get your sleep concerns addressed, your provider may request a sleep study. ADVENT takes the inconvenience out of a traditional in-lab or sleep center sleep study by providing you with a sleep study you can complete from the comfort of your own bed. Before you schedule your first visit with ADVENT to address your snoring or sleep apnea concerns, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about sleep studies:
- What a sleep study is
- Why you need a sleep study
- How to prepare for a sleep study
- What to expect during a sleep study
- What happens after a sleep study
So, what is a sleep study?
A sleep study (polysomnography) measures and records your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, heart rate and breathing, and eye and leg movements during your sleep. It monitors your sleep stages and cycles to help identify disruptions in your sleep patterns and why they may be occurring.
Why do I need a sleep study?
You may or may not already suspect there is an underlying cause to your fatigue, lack of focus or sleep disruption. A sleep study will help to define what that cause may be. Following an evaluation of The Breathing Triangle®, your provider may request a sleep study if he or she suspects you have sleep apnea.
How do I prepare for an at home sleep study?
There is no preparation or arrangements are necessary for the sleep study. You are able to sleep in the comfort of your own bed.
You may be advised to avoid caffeine or alcohol in the afternoon and evening before the sleep study. Your provider or health professional will advise you on any specific directions regarding medication or other related factors.
How does the at home sleep study work?
Download the sleep sensor app to your smarphone
Tape the sleep sensor to your index finger and activate the test on your app
Go to sleep...in your own bed!
The sleep sensor software will analyze your sleep and the results will be automatically sent to ADVENT
What happens during a sleep study?
Once you’ve taped the sensor to your finger and set up your test, you’re ready for the sleep study. You should not feel any discomfort from the device during your sleep. The sleep sensor shines a light onto your finger and captures the reflected light from skin. This data is sent to the sleep sensor app and will help detect whether you suffer from sleep-related breathing issues.
I completed my sleep study. Now what?
Once you've completed your at home sleep study, you'll have a follow-up appointment to review your results and determine the next steps.
An evaluation of your sleep doesn’t need to be complicated, uncomfortable or inconvenient. Head to the ADVENT at home sleep study page for more information.