Sleep Care

Home Sleep Testing: Pros and Cons

For the millions of Americans that suffer from sleep apnea, getting relief from the disorder usually begins with an overnight sleep study that is used to diagnose and identify the severity of the apnea. Generally this means the patient will travel to a sleep laboratory where a trained sleep technologist will administer the study by placing a variety of sensors on the head, face and body while the technologist monitors their vitals and observes on a video camera from a control room. However, developments in the technology and science of sleep have opened up home sleep testing as another viable option that can appear attractive to many patients. Along with the convenience that home sleep testing offers, it is important to keep in mind that a number of limitations exist with these procedures. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of home sleep testing.

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