Erik’s Home Sleep Study
Erik's unboxes, sets up and conducts his ADVENT home sleep study. How does it compare to his previous in-lab sleep study?
If you haven't read the last part of Erik's journey, check it out here.
Hi, everybody. Erik here with a sleep journey update.
I just got my home sleep test. So, I'm excited to dive in and see what this looks like. About six years ago, I did a sleep study in a lab overnight. I actually had to do it twice. I was hooked up with a bunch of wires and tubes. It was a full-on polysomnogram plus positive airway pressure, I believe. It was unpleasant. And I'm really looking forward to seeing what's changed in the last six years here. I didn't have to leave my house, it just showed up at my door.
So, let's take a look and see what we got. Alright. So, we've got a questionnaire. That one's for after the sleep study. We got some instructions here. Box seal with a checklist on it, return mailing, ready rip sensor, some sort of cable, there's the nasal cannula, Steri-Strip, we've got a battery, and the unit itself.
Right, apparently this is the effort belt. It's like it's got a little bit of Velcro, and a pair of little snaps that go right in the back of this thing.
Okay, so this is the pulse ox sensor. This will go on under my finger to measure blood oxygen levels during sleep, I believe.
Alright, so we have the unit, secured to the effort belt. And it says to pull it snug right above chest line. The unit in the center, like so.
Then we'll do the...nasal cannula. So, it says, we just put these in here. We brought it back behind the ears like so, pull it down, snug it up a little. It also says that we're supposed to secure the tubing to our faces using the Steri-Strip adhesives here. We'll do that later when I actually go to bed. I still have a baby to deal with who will not go to sleep.
Alright. Then we clip this on the unit. It's threaded, so it screws right in there. Next, we have the pulse ox sensor, which I assume measures your blood oxygen level. It goes on your finger like so. Plugs into the side of the unit here. Nice and easy. They suggest you route it through your collar, and out your sleeve. Seems like a good idea. They suggest doing a Steri-strip on the back of your hand as well.
So yeah, after that you turn it on, you check the sensors, and then you sleep comfortably.
I would like to contrast this set up with what I dealt with at the sleep center. I had wires all over my head. I had a giant tube stuck on my nose. I believe I also had the oxygen sensor on my finger. I was in a strange place. The bed was fine. The room was fine. I had to go to sleep a couple hours before I normally do, which was very difficult. It was unpleasant.
This, this is phenomenal. This is like, it's barely there. Like I can lay on my side. I can lay on my back. I can probably lay on my stomach. I don't know if I want to try that. This is so much better. I'm kind of shocked.
So tonight, I'm going to sleep with it, and let you know how it went.
So, I did my home sleep study a couple of nights ago. It was remarkably comfortable, and easy, and so much better than the one I did in lab. I know that there still are circumstances where you need to go in for the in-lab sleep study. If you've watched one of my previous videos, Tiffany from ADVENT went over the reasons why. But, if you're just trying to see how bad sleep apnea is, or if sleep apnea is there. If there are pauses during the night, this is so much better. Yeah, I can't say enough good things about it. I highly recommended it.
So pretty soon, I'm going to meet with Tiffany again, and we're going to go over the results, and we'll see if anything has changed since my last sleep study.
Talk to you guys then.