Jet lag? There’s an app for that!

Young Woman in Airport Jeg Lag blogIf you have ever crossed time zones by plane and felt so exhausted afterward that it takes days to get back to normal, you have experienced jet lag. Now, with a new app called Entrain, you can monitor your body’s circadian rhythms using your smartphone—and adjust faster to new time zones and schedules.

Jet lag is the result of a disrupted circadian clock. Entrain simulates your circadian clock and makes mathematically optimal lighting recommendations to help you adjust as quickly as possible to new time zones and schedules.  Continue reading

Home Sleep Studies For Your Convenience

Casey Cox RPGST Technical Coordinator

U-M Technical Coordinator Casey Cox demonstrates how leads are placed for a home sleep test. Cox is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPGST).

Do you need a sleep study to determine if you have a sleep disorder? The University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center offers reliable in-home sleep studies for your convenience. In fact, about 15% of our sleep studies are conducted at home instead of staying overnight at a U-M Sleep Laboratory.

Eligible candidates

The sleep medicine physician determines the best candidates for an in-home sleep study. We typically choose patients who are confident turning the equipment on and off and hooking themselves up to the electrodes. Patients who have recently had a stroke, cardiac or pulmonary issues, or who are morbidly obese are not good candidates.

About home sleep testing

Some private companies send out self-tests in the mail to patients, and then the patients mail in their results. That requires patients to apply the leads and do everything on their own with no support.

With our program, you come to the Sleep Lab for a 30-minute appointment. We show you how to put your leads on and provide you with specific instructions. Then you go home to do the test. We also give you troubleshooting information.

And, of course, you can always call our Sleep Laboratory with questions. There is a lab technologist available during the night to answer any questions regarding the home study. Continue reading