Sleep apnea: Do you have it?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which your breathing is repeatedly obstructed or restricted fully or partially for periods of 10 seconds or longer while you sleep. Although millions of people have sleep apnea, most don’t know it because the symptoms happen while they’re sleeping.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the brain sends the signal to the muscles and the muscles make an effort to take a breath, but they are unsuccessful because the airway is blocked and prevents a good flow of air.

Sometimes the bed partner or a family member of a person with sleep apnea will tell them that they snore. While snoring is a good indicator of obstructive sleep apnea, there are other symptoms they should also be aware of.
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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