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what is a sleep disorder?

Many of us are not getting the requisite hours of shut-eye that are required for maintaining overall energy, health, and quality of life. Many people experience disturbed sleep ocassionally due to several personal and external environmental reasons, but when you start having a problem falling to sleep on a regular basis, you are considered to be suffering from a sleep disorder. 

Sleep disorders occur due to a number of reasons including:

  • Hectic lifestyle and excessive work pressure. 
  • Physical ailments like chronic pains, headaches, etc.
  • Psychiatric reasons like anxiety, depression, etc. 
  • Non-conducive sleeping conditions like a brightly-lit room, noisy or claustrophobic environment, partner’s snoring, etc. 
  • Digital disturbances like using the mobile phone just before sleep time, watching TV, etc. 

Sleep disorders are of several kinds depending on what causes them and how they affect you. Some of the most common types of sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia: When you have difficulty falling asleep.
  • Narcolepsy: When you fall asleep suddenly and have feelings of extreme drowsiness during the day.
  • Restless leg syndrome: Also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, this causes an urge to move the legs while you sleep.
  • Sleep apnea: This is one of the most serious sleep disorders that causes a pause in your breathing as you sleep. This is considered to be a serious medical condition. 

sleep disorder complications

Sleep disorders not only affect the overall wellbeing of a person but can also become serious if not diagnosed and treated in time. Especially, sleep apnea is a condition that needs to be taken seriously. During this, a person’s breath is interrupted several times during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive: This common type occurs due to the blockage of the airways or if they are too narrow.
  • Central: This occurs when there is a blockage in the brains and musc connections that control your breath. 

If not treated in time, it can lead to complications like long-term acid reflux issues, mental confusion, low immunity, high cholesterol, liver problems, diabetes, heart problems, memory loss, etc. 

how are sleep disorders diagnosed?

While there are several ways to self-diagnose sleep disorders like checking with your room partner, logging your sleep using mobile applications, and recording your sleep routine, it is always advisable to seek professional help. 

Your doctor, after assessing your condition and studying the underlying causes, may suggest a sleep test. Sleep test or study, also known as polysomnography, is the first step towards the diagnosis of this issue. This helps in understanding the underlying causes of sleep disorder and in beginning the treatment. 

If your doctor suspects that you suffer from any of the above-mentioned sleep disorders, she/he may advise you to undergo a nighttime sleep test that monitors your sleep. 

where is the sleep test done?

Lab sleep study

Mostly a sleep apnea test is done in a lab, clinic, or hospital. This involves spending the night here where the test is done between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. You will have several wires attached to your body that enable the medical staff to monitor your vital signs, breathing, and brain activity to monitor your sleep. 

Since this in-lab testing is costly, requires transportation, may disrupt your daily schedule, and put you in unfamiliar situations, many people wonder if it is possible to do sleep apnea study at home?

Home sleep study

A lot of people question what is sleep study at home? A Sleep study at home is a simpler version of an in-lab study. This is done without you having to stay in a hospital or a clinic and medical staff and technicians are also not required. Your doctor will provide you with a breathing monitor to administer your sleep apnea study at home. 

Now the question arises “can you do sleep study at home”? The answer is yes! It is simple to do this overnight sleep study at home.

You will be required to attach this monitor to yourself by putting the clips on your finger that will measure your heart rate and oxygen levels and the nasal cannula to measure the levels of your oxygen inflow. The sensors attached to the breathing monitor will track the fall and rise of your chest. The results of this test are then sent to your doctor who will assess the results and advice you on further treatment if required. 

how can portea help you?

Portea combines world-class medical care with the comfort of your home to make healthcare more effective and accessible. This is especially convenient for the elderly, for people with limited mobility, or those who have irregular sleeping schedules. You just have to search for at-home sleep study near me and we will connect you with experienced professionals to help you out. Our healthcare solutions, especially for at home sleep study for sleep apnea disorders ensure that you receive the best of treatment and long-term care. These solutions range from letting you access home healthcare staff to the latest equipment for you to manage your sleep study at home.

Some of the specialised Portea advantages that you get include:

  • We offer the best equipment for your sleep study at home. Our breathing monitors are technologically advanced and easy to operate from the comfort of your house. 
  • Our medical staff, nurses, and technicians are professional and experienced. The top doctors of the country select them after rigorous screening processes.
  • We offer the expertise myofunctional therapy experts who come to your home to deliver these very effective therapy sessions. 
  • Portea’s at-home sleep study cost is considerably lower by almost one-third than what you would have paid for a sleep study at the hospital, lab, or clinic. Our services are customisable according to your requirements and also let you save on the cost of travel to these facilities, rescheduling your work, and disrupting your original sleep schedule. 
  • Our medical staff members not only oversee and manage your treatment, but also offer emotional support, motivation, and counselling to help your treatment become more effective.
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