(07-24-2015, 08:39 AM)lolewis Wrote: He suggested I go for a polysomnography but I said if it wouldn't change anything, why would I bother? is there any benefit to it that I am not thinking about?
Forgive me if I seem confused but if you have already had "sleep studies" why is he suggesting a polysomnography? Aren't they the same thing? Hmmm
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away." Hillary Cooper
I recently had a sleep study at a local sleep center, and I assume it was a different experience than a home sleep study.
I was shown to a room outfitted like a nice motel room, with a king bed, dresser, nightstands, desk, TV and private bathroom. I brought my own pillows so I would feel more like I was in my own bed. A sleep technician attached numerous electrodes to my head, chest, arms and legs, and he also attached a respiratory measurement strap around my chest. He explained that he would be in a nearby room, watching the signals from my measurement devices. He answered a few questions I had about the test, and then wished me good night, turned out the lights, and left the room.
I was nervous and unsure whether I could sleep in such a strange situation, but I fell asleep fairly easily.
About 3 hours later he woke me, explained that I definitely had sleep apnea, put a mask on me and told me to go back to sleep while he controlled the CPAP machine in my room and monitored my measurements again. It took me a lot longer to fall asleep this time, but I managed to do so in 30 minutes or so.
He woke me about 3 1/2 hours later. He told me my doctor would go over the results of the sleep study with me, but he was otherwise closed-lip about the results of my study. When I pressed him, he merely said that I have severe sleep apnea.
I've never had an in-home study, so I don't know how your experiences compare to the sleep center study I had, but I would be surprised if a home study could match the level of detail and real-time on-site monitoring my study provided.
I'm no expert and I've had only this one study, so I could be mistaken, but I thought a description of my sleep center experience might be useful.