Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum, Kerala, South India.
How to get a home sleep study?.
At home sleep studies are getting more popular in patients with sleep disorders because it is less expensive and time-saving. Patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may no longer have to spend an expensive and uncomfortable night at a sleep lab to monitor their sleep-disordered breathing.
Obstructive sleep apnea, a breathing disorder during sleep, is common, dangerous, and relatively easy to treat, but expensive to diagnose.
Although Sleep study (polysomnogram) may no longer be a mandatory for diagnosis, there are other ways to make a proper diagnosis. A detailed history from the spouse or relative gives valuable information. A detailed examination of the Nose and Throat supplemented by Endoscopy and CT/MRI imaging is all that is needed before considering treatment like Surgery.
There is lack of awareness of the complex OSA syndrome among public and medical field alike, thus most patients lead a life undiagnosed and untreated.
Patients with untreated OSA are at increased risk for traffic accidents, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
Before the Home sleep study became popular, most patients with OSA needed to perform overnight sleep testing (polysomnogram) in a sleep Lab, which is very expensive, uncomfortable and also with unacceptably long patient waiting period.
(Sleep Study-Polysomnogram-PSG- is a procedure that records a variety of body functions during sleep, including eye movement, muscle activity, and electrical activity of the brain. Polysomnograms usually are done in a hospital sleep lab and are monitored by a trained sleep lab technician. Small metal discs called electrodes are attached to the person’s head and body to record brain activity, eye movements, muscle movements, heart rhythm and rate, limb movements, and snoring.)
At home sleep study using portable monitor testing can be used to diagnose and manage patients with OSA, and this is good alternative to expensive polysomnography done in a clinical setting like a sleep lab.
To get a sleep study done from the comfort of your own home, please contact ENT clinic at Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum, kerala, India: Email [email protected]
Cost: approx Rs 5000 in and around southern districts of Kerala.
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