At Intermountain Neurology & Sleep Center, many of the symptoms and disorders that we work to diagnose occur while patients are sleeping. Since we can’t be there while you sleep each night, we offer home sleep tests. These home sleep tests are minimally invasive and allow us the opportunity to monitor your sleep in your most natural sleep environment: your bedroom.
Home sleep tests record the data that your doctor needs so that we can better diagnose any potential sleep or neurological disorders. Ranging from sleep apnea, snoring, or even epilepsy and seizure disorders, our home tests will take a multitude of readings so that we can accurately observe and diagnose any sleep issues you may be experiencing.
If we prescribe a home sleep test, you will be given a very simple breathing monitor. This monitor will record your inhaling, exhaling, oxygen levels, and how hard your body is breathing to get the air it needs. This breathing monitor will be placed over your mouth and nose and secured, generally, with a simple strap. Some sleep tests also include sensors that will be attached to your finger, to measure heart rate and your chest and abdomen to measure the rise and fall of your body as you breathe. Each of these data points will help your doctor understand what is going on with your body.
Home sleep tests are the first step in understanding what may be happening to you during your sleep. Once we understand what your body is going through, we will be able to help you find the best treatment so that you can get back to a normal and restful sleep cycle and lifestyle.