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Did You Do Your Sleep Study at Home or in a Lab?
#1
I've been reading various thread on this board and have noticed people are talking about having their sleep studies down at a sleep lab. Has anyone done their sleep study at home?

My health care provider is Kaiser Permanente, and I did my sleep study at home. They gave me a machine to use over a 5 night period. After that they looked at the data, and wrote me a prescription for a CPAP device two days later. Does anyone else have similar experiences or do most people get their sleep studiers in a lab?
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#2
We do things a bit differently in Australia. The first sleep test is diagnosis only, and I did mine in the lab. We don't do a one night titration test, but use the machine (APAP) with weekly reviews to home in on the right settings. It sounds like your health care provider jumped straight to the second stage and let the machine do its thing. I think I'd prefer a proper diagnosis in the lab (which can pick up any other breathing or sleep issues or even some unrelated heart issues) but I do like the idea of using the machine over a period of nights for titration.
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#3
Mine was in a sleep lab -- 6 years ago. There is a move toward home studies. Sometimes this means a person is wired up and sent home to sleep.

Sometimes a person is just given an auto PAP and the data checked after about a week. This is cost effective and works just fine for people with the most common form of apnea -- obstructive apnea.
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(05-22-2015, 05:47 AM)justMongo Wrote: Mine was in a sleep lab -- 6 years ago. There is a move toward home studies. Sometimes this means a person is wired up and sent home to sleep.

Sometimes a person is just given an auto PAP and the data checked after about a week. This is cost effective and works just fine for people with the most common form of apnea -- obstructive apnea.

I have vanilla obstructive sleep apnea and the machine works just about perfectly. Handing me a machine and sending me on my way would have been by far the cheapest, quickest, and easiest solution for me but that approach likely wouldn't work for people with other issues.
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#5
Hi La Zona,
I did my sleep studies in a lab. I had to go back for a second one because I didn't get to sleep in time to be fitted with a mask and a machine in the same night.
trish6hundred
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#6
I actually had both. Did an at home study for one night. Confirmed that I needed to go into the lab for further study.
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#7
Sleep lab. While the sleep center does do a lot of home tests, because I've had a brain injury and other issues that could have been causing the problem, they needed to do it in the lab. My understanding is that if you meet certain requirements, you can do a home test. If you might be borderline, or have confounding factors, they do it in the lab.

That said, it seems that some doctors always insist on the lab as the only option and I feel that is a moneymaking enterprise.
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#8
At-home study with sensors and crap. Confirmed I had an AHI of ~45, which peaks over 50 when on my back.

Then I did a Titration study in-lab on a PAP machine that the tech controlled.
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#9
Both my Initial sleep study and the titration study where performed in a lab. The sleep lab is operated by my Pulmonoligst's group. Their rates match the home study. Based off what the local hospitals charge, I can see why the insurance companies lean toward the home study. In my area it's about $2000 (hospital) versus $600 (home).
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#10
My insurance wound not pay for a home study, so I had it done in a lab.
It was supposed to be a split study, but I didn't sleep well, only about 1 1/2 hours, so could not be fitted with a mask the second part of night and had to go back two weeks later for titration.
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