Getting a Home Sleep Study in children in India.
A Home Sleep Study is a simplified version of an overnight sleep lab test (Polysomnogram: PSG) that focuses on nocturnal breathing. Home sleep studies are useful to diagnose or rule out obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Snoring and Sleep Apnea (stoppage of breathing while asleep) is common in children. This is commonly due to large adenoid and tonsils. Untreated children gets retarded mental and physical growth, fatigue, irritability, bed wetting, restless leg syndrome and behavioral problems.
It is mandatory to get a sleep study to make the diagnosis.This test is usually done in a Sleep Lab. But getting a child to undergo this test in an unfamiliar place is traumatic. Now a days the same test can be done at home as shown in the video clip below.
How It’s Done?
The sleep technician comes half an hour before you sleep and properly place the sensors and start the study. That night, you\’ll need to secure sensors to your upper lip, throat, chest, abdomen and finger. These sensors will record information about your airflow, snoring, breathing effort, and heart rate and oxygen levels throughout the night.
In the morning, you can remove the sensors; the data will be analyzed in the Sleep Center so we can download it.
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