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A Home Sleep Study Process

If you think you need a home sleep study, here are the steps to follow:

1.   See Your General Practitioner. Your GP will fill in a Referral Form
2.  Request your GP Medical Centre to fax it to us on 07 3381 9025
3.   We will call you to set an appointment
4.   We will come to your home on the night of the appointment
5.   At appointment time, ensure you have showered and are dressed in decent sleeping clothes
6.   Our Sleep Technician will come to your home and attach the portable sleep test equipment on you
7.   Limit your activities for the night and go to bed early so the testing equipment can capture sufficient sleep data
8.   Next morning, remove the sleep test equipment, pack it carefully in its bag, and return it according to your sleep technician’s instructions
9.  Your Sleep Technician will contact you when your Sleep Study has been analysed by your Sleep Specialist
10.  We will advise you if you need to see the Sleep Specialist

Home Sleep Study in Brisbane

Home Sleep Study in Brisbane

Are people telling you that you snore loudly, or even stop breathing when you sleep? Get yourself tested with a home sleep study in Brisbane. Brisbane has several sleep hospitals and sleep labs in several places. But did you know that you can have this sleep test in the comfort of your own bed? In fact, because you are more comfortable in your own room, you tend to sleep better and so, the polysomnograph may be able to collect more data for the sleep physician to analyse.

Exactly what is a home sleep test or sleep study? A sleep study or a polysomnogram is an overnight test performed on a person while they are asleep to determine the cause of a person’s sleep problems.  This study records your sleep pattern, breathing, oxygen level, heart rate and rhythm, body position and movements, and airway muscle tone.

Until recent times, this was done in a hospital or in a sleep laboratory where you go to sleep attached to a Polysomnograph (PSG) Machine set up on a bedside table in one of their rooms, like this:

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But with the development of new technology, more and more Home Sleep Studies are now being done in patients’ homes.  During our home sleep study, brisbane -based technicians come to your home to attache a little machine called an Ambulatory or Portable Polysomnograph (PSG) Machine onto you, which is only a little bit bigger than a mobile phone. Don’t let the size fool you though.  If you want to know if you have sleep apnea, the portable PSG during your home sleep study is just as powerful and accurate as its hospital-grade brother, and just as recognised by Sleep Physicians.

You can sleep in your own bed and have your sleep study in complete privacy and comfort.

A Home Sleep Study In Brisbane With The Alice PDx Portable PSG

A Home Sleep Study In Brisbane

Why Have a Sleep Study?

People have sleep studies to identify a sleep disorder. There are several sleep disorders ranging from minor ones to those having serious consequences.  The main ones that have been the cause of several health problems and accidents caused by fatigue are Snoring and Sleep Apnea.

Snoring

Snoring is very common but rather than seeing it as something to laugh about, we recommend treating it as a sign that something is seriously wrong with your breathing during sleep. When you snore, it means the airway is not fully open and air has to be forced through a narrow passageway or an obstruction. Many adults snore, and for a large number of them, there are no serious medical consequences. However, snoring could also be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening disorder.

Sleep Apnea or Not

You don’t need to go and drive to a hospital or sleep lab. A home sleep study in Brisbane will diagnose if you have sleep apnea or not, and may even show if you need other tests that may lead to the true problem.  Here are the three types of sleep apnea that the sleep study can diagnose.

Sleep Apnea is a disorder of breathing during sleep. Breathing stops several times, sometimes every minute, throughout the night. People with sleep apnea do not get enough oxygen during sleep. There are three types:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea,  the most common type is due to an obstruction in the throat during sleep. Breathing pauses approximately 10 to 60 seconds between loud sounds that have been described as snores, snorts, gasps and gurgles.. The narrowing of the upper airway can be a result of several factors including inherent physical characteristics, excess weight, and alcohol consumption before sleep.

Central Sleep Apnea is caused by a delay in the signal from the brain to the lungs. As a result, your lungs ‘forget’ to breathe while you sleep.

With both obstructive and central apnea, your brain, not getting enough oxygen, must wake you up briefly to breathe sometimes hundreds of times during the night.  These arousals are not gentle episodes of awakening, but are characterised by jerks, gasping, snorts, and gurgles, and are accompanied by spikes in blood pressure and heart rate. Usually there is no memory of these brief awakenings.

Mixed. This is a problem when you have both Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea.

If you think you need a home sleep study, download a referral form, then go see your GP doctor and ask them to fill out this form and then fax it to us on

FAX 07 3381 9025

 

Home Sleep Study Planning

What Happens During A Home Sleep Study?

Be prepared for your home sleep study. Here’s what to expect.

Our Sleep Technician will come to your home between 5.00- 8.00 p.m. to attach the portable sleep study machine (called a Polysomnograph or PSG) to you.  We require that you have showered before then and are dressed ready for bed.   Prepare for this sleep study by not planning anything stressful for the evening so you can give your full attention to the sleep study procedures. In addition to the actual attachment of the machine, the Sleep Technician will measure your blood pressure, lung function, and fill in some paperwork. Our SleepTechnician will need about 1 hour and 15 minutes for the whole visit.

Wear decent, comfortable but loose night clothes, and prepare in advance to have a full night’s sleep.  If you take medications, take them as usual. Go to bed early to enable the PSG to get as much sleep data as possible.

A Home Sleep Study Records Vital Information

 

While you sleep, it will record a wide array of body functions:  sleep position, heart rate and rhythm, breathing, airflow, the levels of oxygen in your blood, brain activity, and if necessary, your leg movements.

A home sleep study is more comfortable than a hospital sleep study. One big difference is that you get to sleep in your own bed, and there is no one watching you while you sleep.

There is nothing to worry about if you need to go to the toilet or move a lot while you sleep. If you need to visit the bathroom at night, you are not attached to any machine beside your bed, and so you simple get up and go do your toilet business.  If you know you are a restless sleeper, all you need to do is make sure that the sensors are firmly attached.

The next day, you will need to remove each sensor and electrode carefully, unhook the PSG from around your chest, pack it up and return it to us at an agreed drop off location.

Your home sleep study will record vital information about your sleepWe will download your study for our Sleep Physician to analyse. He will then write out a report which will be forwarded to your GP.

If you want to know more information, have a chat with our Sleep Technician.

How Much Does A Home Sleep Study Cost

If you have a referral from your GP, Medicare will cover the majority of the Home Sleep Study cost. There is an additional cost to cover your Home Service by the Sleep Technician and the time it takes to download your study.  You will need to pay this during your sleep study appointment.This cost will depend on your location, and your Sleep Technician will advise you of this upon booking.

The morning after the test, the PSG device needs to be returned to a location convenient to you and to the technician.

 

Alice PDx Home Sleep Study Device

For our Home Sleep Studies, we use the Alice PDx, a  portable polysomnograph, a device for portable diagnosis of cardio-respiratory sleep disorders used by sleep labs, office-based doctors and home care providers. It provides for a 12 -16 lead channel study including leg movements. The Alice PDx is easy for the Sleep Technician to set up for the patient’s use in the comfort and privacy of their home.

The channels include:
7 Neuro Channels (EEG or EOG)
3 Differential EMG, plus references and ground
2 ECG providing measured and derived channels
Pressured Based (with snore) and Thermal Airflow
zRIP Effort (Abnomen and Thorax)
SpO2 (also Pleth and Pulse Rate)
Body Position

It satisfies International portable testing requirements (for eg. A.A.S.M.levels II, III and IV) and provides capabilities of basic screening to advanced diagnostic evaluation. The Alice PDx enables patients to be tested in their home without compromising study results and helps clinicians avoid the costs associated with retesting.

The Alice PDx Portable Sleep System is a winner in the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition, in the category of general hospital devices and therapeutic products.