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At Home Sleep Studies

Effective diagnose for:

  • Sleep apnea and other sleep-related breathing disorders

  • Chronic insomnia

  • Restless legs syndrome

  • Narcolepsy

  • Snoring

  • Periodic limb movement disorder

  • nighttime behaviors like sleepwalking and REM sleep behavior disorder.

What is an At-home Sleep Study?

A BioLife Health Center at-some sleep study is a non-invasive, nightly exam using a combination of the newest medical systems that allow our clinicians to record and monitor your sleep over a period of usually 1 week to see what's happening in your brain and body. We use the latest technologies so you do not have to wear masks and other uncomfortable equipment attached to your body.

Should Your Sleep Be Evaluated?

To determine whether you might benefit from a sleep evaluation, ask yourself the following questions:


  • Do you regularly have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep?

  • Do you have a problem with snoring? Has anyone ever told you that you have pauses in breathing or that you gasp for breath when you sleep?

  • Are your legs “active” at night? Do you experience tingling, creeping, itching, pulling, aching or other strange feelings in your legs while sitting or lying down that cause a strong urge to move, walk or kick your legs for relief?

  • Are you so tired when you wake up in the morning that you cannot function normally during the day?

  • Do sleepiness and fatigue persist for more than two to three weeks?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a sleep study should be considered. Before your consultation with our staff, it may be helpful to track your sleep patterns and medications.


How a sleep study can help

Sleep studies monitor your sleep stages and cycles to identify if or when your sleep patterns are disrupted and why. Normal sleep stages are as follows:


Stage 1: Your eyes are closed, but it's easy to wake you up. This phase may last for 5 to 10 minutes.


Stage 2: You are in light sleep. Your heart rate slows and your body temperature drops. Your body is getting ready for deep sleep.


Stage 3: This is the deep sleep stage. It's harder to rouse you during this stage, and if someone woke you up, you would feel disoriented for a few minutes.


During the deep stages of NREM sleep, the body repairs and regrows tissues builds bone and muscle and strengthens the immune system. During this stage, your brain waves, as recorded by electroencephalography (EEG), slow down considerably. Your eyes don't move back and forth rapidly during NREM, in contrast to later stages of sleep.


Stage 4: After an hour or two of NREM sleep, your brain activity picks up again, and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep begins. Most dreaming occurs during REM sleep. You normally go through multiple sleep cycles a night, cycling between NREM and REM sleep in about 90 minutes. Sleep disorders can disturb this sleep process. As you get older, you sleep more lightly and get less deep sleep. Aging is also linked to shorter time spans of sleep, although studies show you still need as much sleep as when you were younger.


The normal process of falling asleep begins with a sleep stage called non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. 

The data we collect will include information about your sleep, such as:


  • How long you spend in each sleep stage

  • How often you wake up

  • Whether you stop breathing or have trouble breathing

  • Whether you snore

  • Body position

  • Limb movements

  • Unusual brain activity patterns


Once the study is complete, Biolife Health Center will provide you with a sleep health plan with instructions for sleep hygiene and how to improve your sleep. After the sleep study has been conducted and reviewed, several conditions may be diagnosed, and various specific treatments may be recommended. There is a wide range of methods for treating sleep problems. Medications may be prescribed by your physician. Sometimes a sleep psychologist is called upon to recommend non-drug approaches that may include addressing patients’ pessimism about their sleep surroundings, correcting misconceptions about sleep, controlling stimulating factors that hinder sleep, and identifying positive behaviors that aid sleep. Improving your diet, your sleep environment, and your bedtime rituals, including the timing of physical exercise, alcohol intake, and other factors may all contribute to a better night’s sleep.

Who can benefit from a home sleep study?

Our sleep studies are useful in identifying and ruling out various sleep disorders. Sleep studies are also valuable in psychology, in which they provide insight into brain activity and the other physiological factors of both sleep disorders and normal sleep. This has allowed further research to be done on the relationship between sleep and behavioral and psychological factors. Our sleep studies can help determine the following:


  • Sleep apnea or another sleep-related breathing disorder. In this condition, your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.

  • Periodic limb movement disorder. In this sleep disorder, you involuntarily flex and extend your legs while sleeping. This condition is sometimes associated with restless legs syndrome.

  • Narcolepsy. You experience overwhelming daytime drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep in this condition.

  • REM sleep behavior disorder. This sleep disorder involves acting out dreams as you sleep.

  • Unusual behaviors during sleep. Your doctor may perform this test if you do unusual activities during sleep, such as walking, moving around a lot or rhythmic movements.

  • Unexplained chronic insomnia. If you consistently have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, your doctor may recommend polysomnography.



What is the scientific research on sleep studies?

The Institute of Medicine recently estimated in its report, Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation -: An Unmet Public Health Problem, that “hundreds of billions of dollars a year are spent on direct medical costs related to sleep disorders such as doctor visits, hospital services, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications.” Sleep problems and lack of sleep can affect everything from personal and work productivity to behavioral and relationship problems. Sleep problems can have serious consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving claims more than 1,500 lives and causes at least 100,000 motor vehicle crashes each year.


Compounding the problem is the fact that most people know when to seek medical help for physical discomforts such as fever or pain, but sleep problems are often overlooked or ignored. In fact, the overwhelming majority of people with sleep disorders are undiagnosed and untreated.

What to expect when you have a home sleep study

A home sleep test is designed to be a convenient way to collect information about your sleep. Biolife Health Center uses 3 sleep trackers. The first is a sleep tracker that is placed under your bedsheets. You do not feel anything. The second is a wristwatch, and the third is a comfortable headband to measure your brain waves. All this in combination will give us a full spectrum of all your sleep markers.


  • A list of specific instructions will be provided to patients before they start the sleep test period. But basically, we want our patients to follow their regular routine as much as possible.​ This way, we will be able to determine and recommend changes in your sleeping habits.


Is a sleep study safe?

Yes. Our technology measures your body and brain activity in a safe and secure manner following HIPAA standards.


“This service is amazing. It has already taken me from erratic bedtimes that lead to weird sleep patterns to a structured bedtime. I do not wake up in the middle of the night any more and feel great in the morning!”


Matt D.

“The devices are great, it's very comfy and really easy to handle and charge, but it comes with a whole experience; the app is intuitive and shows a lot of information. I love the cognitive behavioral therapy of the whole experience. It has completely changed my sleep for the better, within two weeks of use, which I never thought possible.”

Timon V.

“Great way to monitor your sleeping; much more reliable than any other sleep tracker I have tried. The sounds are also very handy; I love using the smart alarm, which wakes you up at the best possible moment within a certain time interval”

Rutger R.

“I used to take 40 minutes to fall asleep. Now I typically fall asleep in 10. I also don’t have to sleep as much on the weekends. It’s not the first device I’ve gotten to try to improve my sleep but it may be the most effective.” 


Casey C.

  • What is Biofeedback?
    Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately “feedback” information to the user. The presentation of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior — supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.
  • What conditions are helped by Biofeedback training?
    Successful outcomes, not limited to those listed below, have been reported by Neurofeedback Practitioners for: ADD/ADHD, addictions. anger, anxiety, autism, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, closed head injuries, concentration, depression, headaches and migraines, learning disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), pain management, reading skills, seizure disorders, sleep disorders and stroke recovery. Biofeedback has also proven effective when used for Peak Performance Training, such as developing memory skills, focusing abilities, and increasing concentration.
  • What childhood conditions is Biofeedback successful in treating?
    Biofeedback has been used to treat seizures and subclinical seizure activity, problems of attention and learning, bipolar disorder, autistic spectrum, and other conditions.
  • Why does Biofeedback work?
    The brain is amazingly adaptable. It is capable of making adjustments to improve its own performance if given cues about what to change. When the brain is regulating itself well and is alert and attentive, brainwaves (EEG) show particular patterns. We challenge the brain to maintain this “high-performance” alert and active state. Gradually, after 20 or more training sessions, the brain learns to stay at this high-performance state for longer periods of time and to retain these new skills.
  • Do the effects of Biofeedback training really last?
    If the problem being addressed is one of brain dysregulation, then the answer is yes, and that covers a lot of ground. Biofeedback involves learning by the brain and if that brings order out of disorder, the brain will continue to use its new capabilities, and thus reinforce them.
  • How is Biofeedback training done?
    At a training session, sensors are placed on your body. The sensors pick up information on your brain’s and body activity at very specific locations. (No electricity enters your brain. The sensors merely read information from the brain and body and relay it to the Practitioner’s computer.) You then sit back in a comfortable chair as you watch a computer monitor that displays a computer game, a movie, a bar graph, music, sounds or simply colors that change as your brainwaves change. The Practitioner monitors your brainwaves and sets training parameters which are based upon information obtained during your comprehensive intake process. This process gives your brain instantaneous feedback about its performance during the training session. On a subconscious level it begins to “work out” and It begins to produce more of the helpful type of brainwave patterns and less of those that are correlated with the symptoms you wish to address. With practice, your brain learns new patterns. Desirable neuronal pathways are strengthened and new pathways are created.
  • How long do sessions last?
    Each session takes between 45 and 60 minutes. The actual training period lasts a maximum of 30 minutes. Additional time is needed beforehand for sensor placement and adjustment. We also speak with our clients briefly before and after each training session to monitor how things are progressing. We reserve 60 minutes for each client to ensure that no one is rushed and that there will be time to discuss the results you are experiencing.
  • How many sessions will I need?
    Results from Biofeedback training are seen gradually, over time. Initial progress can be seen within 10 sessions for most conditions. A typical treatment program consists of between 15 and 30 sessions, depending upon the conditions being addressed, with the average being 15 sessions. Current understanding among Biofeedback providers is that it takes a minimum of 20 sessions for learning to be consolidated so the client can maintain the gains that have been made. Sometimes a client will complete 20 sessions, take a year off, and then return to complete training.
  • How frequent should the training session be?
    When starting neurofeedback training, sessions should be regular and frequent at two or three (or more) sessions per week. As learning begins to consolidate, the pace can be reduced.
  • What happens if Biofeedback clients are taking medication?
    With successful Neurofeedback / EEG Biofeedback training, the medications targeting brain function may very well no longer be needed, or they may be needed at lower dosages, as the brain takes over more of the role of regulating itself.
  • What is the research on Biofeedback?
    Research continues to show that biofeedback therapy training, results in patients learning to control their own brain activity, while effectively “retraining” their own brain waves toward healthier patterns. Since its inception in the 1960s biofeedback has been rigorously studied. A recent review of the term biofeedback on the National Institute of Health’s database ‘PubMed’ reported that Biofeedback has gained attention in recent years showing only 948 articles and peered-reviewed research published between 1990 and 1995, and 2,267 published since 2010 to present. For current researh articles and publication visit our research page here.
  • What is Neuroplasticity and how Biofeedback plays a role?
    Historically the brain was seen as hard wired with each area having its own function; when that area was injured the function was lost. Today the concept of neuroplasticity has replaced the hard wired model. Neuroplasticity refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury. Neuroplasticity occurs on a variety of levels ranging from cellular changes due to learning to large-scale changes involved in cortical remapping in response to injury. The role of neuroplasticity is widely recognized in healthy development, learning, memory and recovery from brain damage, all from which Biofeedback can help.
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