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Sleep Disorders

Home Sleep Study for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

According to the American Sleep Association, as many as 25 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and many of the them are unaware that they have it. While there are a host of signs that can indicate that a person has OSA — such as snoring, fatigue and unrefreshing sleep — the only way it can be diagnosed is through a sleep study.

Sleep studies can be conducted in a sleep lab or in the comfort and convenience of your home. Sleep studies are very effective in helping doctors diagnose sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, as well as narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, insomnia, REM sleep disorders, circadian rhythm disorders and more.

During a home sleep study, sleep monitoring equipment is supplied to you to wear while you sleep. The equipment has sensors that measure and record breathing, heart rhythm, oxygen levels, brain wave activity, snoring, total sleep quality and other information. A sleep study can determine if you have OSA; however, a home sleep study may not be right for everyone.

A physician may recommend home sleep study if:

  • It is likely that you have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea
  • You have no significant medical conditions other than the suspected obstructive sleep apnea

You may not be recommended to have a home sleep apnea study if:

  • You do not have a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea
  • The physician suspects you may have another sleep disorder
  • You have certain medical conditions including pulmonary diseases, neuromuscular diseases or congestive heart failure

In these cases, your physician may recommend an in-lab sleep study instead of a home study, where specially-trained sleep technologists monitor your sleep during an overnight stay in a sleep lab. Lab sleep studies at the fully accredited Tanner Center for Sleep Disorders provide a more comprehensive evaluation of your sleep.

Call for More Information

If you think you have OSA and are interested in learning more about a sleep studies from Tanner, call 770.812.9146. Home and lab sleep studies are available at the Tanner Center for Sleep Disorders locations in Carrollton, Villa Rica and Wedowee.

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