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

 

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