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Home Sleep Tests

Home sleep testing has become the preferred testing for a number of reasons, including convenience, comfort and affordability. Due to significant advancements in the technology of CPAP machines, CPAP therapy can be initiated without formal in-lab CPAP titration. Data from newer CPAP machines can be reviewed and evaluated for correct pressure settings, required to prevent breathing obstructions. The newer machines are called auto-CPAP devices, which adjust automatically throughout the night depending on the individual patient’s respiratory needs.

Home sleep testing is less disruptive to the patient by allowing the testing to be done in the convenience of their home. Most insurance plans cover the cost of this test. Home sleep testing is a fraction of the cost of in-lab sleep tests.

Home sleep testing uses a portable computer monitoring device that measures heart rate and oxygen saturation and analyzes breathing patterns throughout the night. Home sleep testing generally takes place over two consecutive nights. The computer monitor is attached to a belt worn around the chest. Included with the monitor is a pulse oximeter worn on the finger and a nasal cannula placed in the nose. When the testing in completed, the unit is returned to the office and data is downloaded into a report that is interpreted by the board-certified sleep physician.

Home Sleep Testing

Home Sleep Testing

A Neurological Wellness Clinic technician will explain how to use the home sleep testing device (shown above).

A small home sleep testing computer is attached to a belt that goes around the chest. It monitors chest movements during breathing, pulse oximetry and heart rate.

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Dr. Sean Jochims, Neurologist

Dr. Sean Jochims graduated medical school with the prestigious Rick Wartgow Award for dedication to medicine. He also received Excellence in Teaching Awards as chief resident in neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Education
  • Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Internship/Internal Medicine: Northwestern University
  • Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship: Rush Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago
  • Participant at Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine
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