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.

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