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Home Sleep Studies Preferred By Patients
Over the past decade, countless studies have linked sleep disorders to a wide range of serious consequences, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, congestic heart failure, stroke, diabetes ... and more.
The effects of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) are known to have a cumulative and negative effect on multiple organs in the body, taking a toll on the heart, lungs, kidneys and brain. In the past it was difficult and expensive to get diagnosed and treated for sleep disordered breathing. The foreign and uncomfortable environment of the sleep labs, and the high price traditionally linked to diagnosis through a lab may soon be a thing of the past.
Most sleep physicians require you to check into a traditional hospital or Sleep Laboratory overnight for a full polysomnogram (PSG). One wonders whether this is strictly necessary in the majority of cases, or simply a reflection of the fact that many sleep labs are owned by the sleep physicians who refer patients to them.
The simple fact is a small portable device can achieve virtually the same results, while in a comfortable and natural environment for the patient: namely, their own bedroom. This simple and more appealing approach saves time and money, getting the patient tested, treated, and back to work sooner. Patients who have experienced both methods, vote unanimously for the at-home sleep study option.
Lab or hospital based studies should still be used for patients who present with potentially complex sleep issues and known cardiac conditions. However, portable testing is rapidly growing in use and stature as physicians recognise it as an equally accurate method of diagnosis of sleep apnoea for groups who have been pre-screened and are known to be at risk for sleep apnea. A very high percentage of patients do not need any further testing after one night with a 10 channel in-home diagnostic recorder, such as we use. This raises the question: “Why perform the most expensive test first? Especially if it is very likely you will never need the more expensive test?”
Here is why patients prefer Home Sleep Study than Sleep Labs or Hospitals:
Home Sleep Study vs Sleep Lab
|Home Sleep Study||Sleep Lab|
|Comfort||Diagnosis is done at the comfort of their own bed||Patient will sleep in unfamiliar surroundings covered with devices thus sleep pattern may be difficult to determine|
|Accuracy||Provides the most accurate results thus granting the patient precise treatment||Results are not accurate due to altered sleeping pattern|
|Convenience||Patients are diagnosed and treated at the comfort of their own home||Patients have to travel to the nearest sleep lab or hospital, and long travels might be dangerous for people with SDB|
|Cost||Estimated around $300-$400||Estimated around $2,000-$5,000|
SDB is a serious health issue which should be treated not tolerated. Here's what to do next:
- Click the blue link to download, then print a Sleep Study Referral Form
- Visit your GP and have them sign, date, and return the form to us (the practice staff will be happy to do this for you)
- Once received, a Sleep Therapist will contact you to arrange payment of your Clinical Preparation Fee.
That is all you need to do … Easy!
If you’re not sure whether you need a sleep study, simply click this link Sleep Self Assessment Questionnaire to complete and submit your personal sleep assessment questionnaire.
Once submitted, one of our friendly Sleep Therapists will analyse your data, then contact you by phone to explain your results and answer any questions or concerns you may have. (We respect your privacy. Your information will not be shared). The resulting data will help to determine whether you do need to have a sleep study. This service is completely cost and obligation free.
IMPORTANT: Please understand, this is not a diagnostic sleep study, and does not replace the need to have one done, but it will identify whether you do need a sleep study.
The negative consequences of SDB are serious and the effects of treatment are extraordinarily positive. Call us today on 1300 246 637 for a free no-obligation chat with one of our friendly Sleep Therapists. We're here to help!
Don't put it off any longer. Snoring and sleep apnoea should be treated, not tolerated. Contact us, now.
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