A home sleep study provides useful information on a person’s sleeping habits and can detect problems like sleep apnea. The test is simple and takes place in the comfort of a person’s home.
Why do I need to monitor my sleep?
For humans, sleep is an essential part of being healthy. It’s just as important as water and food, and most doctors recommend a person sleep eight hours each night. Sleep allows the natural cycles, or circadian rhythms, of the body to get into balance, making a person feel refreshed and relaxed.
However, people often do not get the required amount of sleep. Stress, caffeine and health problems often interrupt the body’s natural need to sleep for long periods of time. Over time, a lack of sleep can have a profound impact on the brain and the body. Memory problems, depression, high blood pressure and diabetes have been linked to sleep deprivation.
Many times, when a person has a problem sleeping, a doctor requests a sleep study. The study collects data during sleep and helps determine if a problem exists.
Where does a sleep study take places?
A person can take a sleep study at home or at a clinic. At a clinic, a person sleeps in a room with a bed and monitoring equipment, a process called polysomnography. A person usually stays one night at the clinic and multiple sensors are attached to his or her body. The sensors collect data overnight. Once the data is analyzed, a doctor will make recommendations to the patient on ways to improve sleep.
The problem, however, is a sleep study in a lab is not a holistic approach. It only gives information on a particular day and does not provide long-term information on a person’s sleep patterns. For example, a person might sleep differently in the lab than at home. The person could be restless and not feel comfortable with the monitoring equipment. That can lead to bad data.
That is in contrast with a home monitoring system that can provide long-term information about a person’s sleeping habits in a normal environment. The Plex® Sleep Scanner will be the way to collect sleep information at home. Designed by a practicing physician, the equipment collects information on breathing, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels. It focuses on a person’s overall sleep activity rather than the particular steps involved in sleeping.
A home sleep study with the Plex® is easy to conduct. A person just attaches the Plex® Sleep Scanner before going to bed and the equipment collects the information. The data is compiled and sent directly to a smartphone. An application, SomnologyMobileDoc, collects the information and analyzes the data. It’s that easy. The next morning, a person looks at the application software and gets a better understanding of his or her sleeping patterns. This data can then be shared with a person’s physician.
Besides being convenient, a home sleep study is less expensive than a clinical study and collects data for long periods of time. That way if a person’s health changes or daily schedule changes, the Plex® Sleep Scanner can continue to collect vital information.