At Home Sleep Studies
Effective diagnose for:
Sleep apnea and other sleep-related breathing disorders
Restless legs syndrome
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
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!”
“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.”
“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”
“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.”