Sleep Medicine

Home Sleep Studies

Sleep Apnoea is one of the most common sleep disorders in Australia. It occurs when the walls of the throat collapse during sleep, thereby causing an obstructive blockage of the airway. Apnoea's (cessation of breathing) transpires for a short period of time until the brain realises that there is a  significant decrease in breathing and a drop in blood oxygen levels. If this occurs, the brain sends a small signal to open the upper airway, where the patient generally gasps for air and then falls back to sleep quite quickly

Sleep studies use a diagnostic technique called Polysomnography, which tests multiple parameters including:

 

- Brain wave function

- Respiratory Effort

- Oxygen Levels

- Snoring levels

- Heart rate

- Body Position

- Eye movements

- Chin movements

This test can be done in the comfort of the patient's home.