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Study: At-Home Sleep Apnea Tests Just as Effective as Lab Studies

sleep apnea testsA new study conducted by a team of researchers at Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center suggests that at-home sleep apnea tests may be just as effective as those conducted at a sleep laboratory.

According to NewsWorks, the study revealed that at-home testing – which costs approximately $500 less than sleep studies conducted at laboratories – is becoming increasingly popular.

"It's actually quite a comfortable system, and it doesn't disturb the sleep as much as coming into the sleep laboratory, sleeping in a strange bed, in a strange environment with lots of wires attached to you," said Sam Kuna, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, as noted by the source.

Furthermore, patients who began treatment following diagnosis resulting from an at-home test showed comparable improvements in symptoms associated with sleep apnea to those who were diagnosed after a sleep study.

If you begin noticing any of the signs of sleep apnea – which include snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches and choking or gasping during sleep – it’s important to consult a doctor as soon as possible. He or she can help you determine which kind of test is best for you and help you get the treatment necessary to alleviate your symptoms.

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