Snoring and Sleep Apnea are distinct, but related conditions. Many patients who snore have sleep apnea, and many patients with sleep apnea snore, but not all patients who snore have sleep apnea, and not all patients with sleep apnea snore. For patients in whom sleep apnea is suspected, sleep studies are a common way to determine if they have sleep apnea, and how severe the sleep apnea may be.
A sleep study may be performed at home or in a sleep laboratory. At a sleep lab, you sleep in a room similar to a small hotel room connected to multiple monitors and electrodes. Many sleep labs also videotape your sleep for analysis. In a home sleep study, a portable device is provided to you for monitoring of your sleep at home in your own bed. Many patients find the ease of Home Sleep Studies preferable to going to a sleep center; however, there are instances when a patient’s condition warrants that he or she be evaluated at a sleep center. At the Becker ENT Center, we evaluate your individual signs and symptoms so that we may recommend the most appropriate sleep study and diagnostic testing to most effectively evaluate your condition.
Below are some useful links to help you understand sleep related causes.