Home sleep studies now offered to screen for apnea

Posted at 11:15 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 12:15:13-04
(KPLC) When's the last time you felt like you got a really good night's sleep? For many, restful sleep is just a dream. That could be because of an untreated sleep disorder.
Now there is a new screening tool that can identify your risk for one of the most common conditions, sleep apnea, in the comfort of your own bed.
Traditional sleep studies have been done in sleep labs.
Sleep specialist Dr. Conner says those are still the gold standard, particularly for people with other known medical conditions.
"With sleep lab studies, we're monitoring the brain through EEG monitoring to be able to see what the quality of your sleep is. Are you able to get into deep quality sleep consistently over the course of the night and then if you're not, being able to identify why that's happening," he explains.
The home sleep study specifically screens for sleep apnea, a condition when the airway becomes unstable and oxygen levels drop.
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