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What is a sleep study? 

Just Breathe Physiotherapy work with The Sleep and Lifestyle Clinic and Specialist Services Medical Group (Specialist Services) a home-based sleep diagnostic company. Specialist Services will assess the appropriateness of a home sleep study, undertake the data analysis and the Sleep Physician will write the report and necessary consultation. Our sleep study services allow the referring practitioner to order a sleep study that is comprehensive and performed in a timely manner. Unlike the traditional sleep laboratories, home testing means patients are tested in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own home to suit their schedule and lifestyle.

Our clients are well supported throughout this process and study results are reviewed and explained thoroughly with treatment plans and options discussed on an individual basis. Contact is maintained with your referring doctor via letters and reports. We offer ongoing support and care for all our clients commencing treatment.

When would a person be referred for a sleep?

Home sleep studies are frequently undertaken to determine if abnormalities of breathing are present during sleep.

Symptoms that may require a sleep study:

  • Regular snoring
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Daytime tiredness of fatigue
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Gasping or choking at night
  • Irritability
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Headaches at night or upon awakening

Conditions that may require a sleep study:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Complications during anaesthetics
  • Diabetes

The equipment used monitors the following parameters:

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) – monitors brain waves
  • Electrooculogram (EOG) – monitors eye movements
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) – monitors heart rhythm
  • Respiratory and Abdominal Effort – monitors breathing muscle effort
  • Pulse Oximeter – monitors oxygen levels
  • Limb movement – monitors movement of legs
  • Nasal flow and snoring
  • Position sensor – monitors sleeping posture

Benefits of our assessment approach

  • Home based, for a better sleep in your own bed
  • Rapid assessments, no long waits for inpatient assessments
  • Accredited sleep physicians reported studies
  • Timely and efficient reporting
  • Independent and unbiased reports
  • Easy to organise bookings over the phone
  • Medicare subsidised service

Why is the Sleep Study so complicated?

The sleep study needs to measure multiple variables simultaneously. These are required to

  • Allow a more accurate determination of any abnormalities such as breathing irregularities. These irregularities in breathing can result in unrecognised sleep disturbance, drops in oxygen levels and changes in blood pressure. If substantial, breathing irregularities may lead to a diagnosis of sleep apnea.
  • Ensure that breathing abnormalities are not over-estimated as is possible with less complex tests. It is important that we detect accurately these abnormalities as they can be linked to future or current health issues such as the risk of developing high blood pressure or having a stroke.
  • Show small variations in breathing, detected by the sensors. This is important when, for example, small breathing changes cause brief awakenings that result in tiredness or symptoms of sleep deprivation during the day such as poor concentration, irritability and decreased focus. Small changes can cause stretching of the heart and lead over time to potentially more serious conditions, such as atrial fibrillation.

Do I need a Sleep Study or a Sleep Apnea Screening Test?

There are a number of differences between these tests. Screening Tests do not require a referral, need less equipment to be worn, provide quicker results and are less costly. However, despite these advantages, screening tests may not give a definitive diagnosis and may not be accepted by your health fund to justify treatment.

Portable Home-based Sleep Studies provide a more in-depth test which can measure sleep quality, obstructive and central sleep apnea, snoring, periodic leg movements and insomnia. These studies are provided by the Sleep Physicians at Specialist Services Medical Group. A comprehensive report is provided along with treatment recommendations.

A referral from a GP or specialist is required for the portable home-based studies.

If you don’t have a referral, or feel you don’t need a more comprehensive study, then a screening test may be an option for you. These are also available at Just Breathe Physiotherapy.

Please contact us on 0451 404 101 to discuss your needs.

How do I book a Sleep Study?

After you have received your referral from your GP or specialist to undertake a sleep study, you can contact us on 0451 404 101 directly and make an appointment that is convenient for you to attend the clinic for your initial assessment and education on how to apply the equipment that night.

Alternatively, if you have performed a sleep study at another sleep clinic, we are still happy to discuss your results or possible treatments with you. If you don’t already have a copy of your sleep study results to bring along with you to your consultation, let us know which clinic you attended for your study and we can request the results on your behalf.