Discover 7 home sleep study devices that can help you learn more about your quality of sleep.
Wouldn't be nice to diagnose sleep disorders with a home sleep study rather than spending a lot of money an time for a sleep study in the laboratory?
Home testing for sleep apnea idea is not new, and is being more widely accepted. The problem is that a lot of people still do not know about it...
The basic principle is that anything that can get more people diagnosed with sleep apnea, the better. The patients are treated quickly and more lives are saved.
In this page you'll learn about:
Do you know how many of the people who suffer from sleep apnea are studied in sleep clinics?
Based on the Wisconsin Cohort data, Dr. Terry Young estimated that no more than 15% of the patients out there were actually studied for sleep disorders.
Thus, there are millions of people who are not aware of their sleep breathing disorders, and suffer cardiovascular damage night after night.
And...the reasons for this disparity between the number of people with sleep disorders and the number of studies actually performed can be:
|Home Sleep Studies Benefits|
Price - Home sleep study is an ideal solution for those who have no insurance or cannot afford an overnight sleep study.
Comfort - the home sleep study is a good alternative for those who do not want to spend a night in a hospital, for whatever reason.
Convenience - the home sleep apnea test is quick, personal, and almost cost free compared to a sleep study in a lab.
Time - the home sleep study get people diagnosed and treated sooner.
Waiting list - the waiting list for an overnight study is reduced dramatically and more people get treated sooner.
The Ares device (The Apnea Risk Evaluation System) has just received The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to be used as a sleep test device in patient's home. It measures the respiratory effort during sleep, heart rate, airflow, and oxygen saturation.
The accuracy of Ares is very similar to a PSG device from a sleep center - the failure rate compared to a PSG is only 2%.
Here is how to use the Ares Sleep Testing Device:
Stardust II was designed by Phillips Respironics to help you get a more comfortable sleep test in your own home.
The unit is very small and ultra-portable, using 3 sensors that measure the breath rate, pulse rate and oxygen saturation, and respiration effort. It can also measure the compliance with your CPAP theray.
Alice PDx is also a home sleep test device from Phillips Respironics. It was the winner of the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition.
The diagnostic evaluation for obstructive sleep apnea is more advanced than in other home sleep test devices, helping the patients and clinicians to avoid the costs associated with retesting.
SleepView is the lightest, smallest and portable sleep monitor from Cleveland Medical Devices Inc. It's a FDA approved device and recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The SleepView measures heart rate, pulse oximetry, pressure based airflow, respiratory effort and body position.
The iBrain - similar to Zeo - measures the brain waves or brain activity during sleep. This device can offer insight into the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as Alzheimer's, autism, cancer, epilepsy, depression, and schizophrenia.
This invention received the Most Innovative New Product Award in 2010.
However, compared with Zeo, the iBrain can also replace a visit to a sleep study, helping you diagnose sleep apnea or other sleep disorder in your own home. You can read about this statement on iBrain website or by watching the following video:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a sleep apnea screener device for home testing, called SleepStrip.
It is also known as the "electronic mustache" because of its appearance, that traces nasal airflow to keep track of full or partial apneas for the purpose of identifying people at high risk of sleep apnea syndrome.
The SleepStrip contains:
There are also two "wings" with adhesive to hold the SleepStrip to the upper lip.
Here is how to use the SleepStrip home sleep study device:
If you can't see the red blinking light, you need to readjust the device until airflow from both nostrils and the mouth are reaching the sensors.
The red light should go off in about 20 to 30 minutes.
If you can't understand the steps, maybe a video turorial can help you:
In the next morning, the red light should be blinking rapidly to indicate a successful home sleep test. If not, you can repeat the study.
After the successful study, you can return the SleepStrip to the physician so that he can review and discuss with you the results.
There are important aspects that you should need to know regarding home sleep test devices:
For them, a positive finding should be a powerful incentive to seek a professional help and diagnostic sleep study.