How It Works

HOW HOME SLEEP STUDIES WORK

For decades, the standard procedure to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea required the patient to undergo an overnight sleep study at a designated sleep disorder lab. Recent advances in technology and portability now give patients another option, a self-administered home sleep study, scientifically shown to be equivalent in accuracy when determining obstructive sleep apnea.

AAA Medical Solutions offers Home Sleep Study kits using devices from various manufacturers, small and simple enough to use in the home. "One size" does not always fit the need. In most cases a very simple Watermark ARES device will work. If the patient is on oxygen or needs to wear their CPAP, then a Respironics Alice PDX would be more appropriate. These compact systems includes a small recording device, sensors, belts, cables and accessories. Patients easily apply the sensors to key areas of the body and turn on the recording device before going to sleep. The sleep recorder gathers vital data as the patient sleeps. Find out how to get tested

The Science Behind Sleep:

A typical sleep lab monitors 12 channels of information during sleep to detect various sleep disorders, like obstructive or central sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and parasomnias. If a primary care physician wants to zero in on a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, science has shown that a home sleep study can be an equally effective diagnostic tool. AAA Medical Solutions offers the technology that allows a patient to perform an overnight study that tests four important triggers: airflow, breathing effort, blood oxygen levels and heart rate. AAA Medical Solutions ensures that a board-certified sleep physician reviews the results.

Home sleep studies have been utilized for decades in Europe, Australia and Canada before gaining widespread acceptance in the US. Recent scientific studies and reports continue to find that home sleep studies are a diagnostically accurate and cost-effective alternative to overnight sleep studies.