How much will it cost?
There is a small out-of-pocket fee. For Melbourne patients, the cost is $200 which includes the GP referral and one home visit in the evening to set you up. Otherwise, pls contact the clinic nearest to you. Home Sleep Studies Australia uses the latest Level 2 portable sleep technology which qualifies for Medicare funding.
What will a sleep study tell me?
The most important result is a measure of your sleep disturbance. The cause of most sleep disturbances is identified by measuring breathing, leg and jaw movements.
Sleep disturbance is reported as the Arousal Index, which is the number of times you wake up per hour of sleep. Most of these awakenings are too short to remember (only 3 to 10 seconds in duration – you usually only remember being awake if it lasts more than 5 minutes) and it is normal to wake up to 5 times per hour. Waking 5 to 15 times is considered mild disruption, while waking more than 15 times per hour definitely indicates a sleeping problem that requires urgent intervening treatment. The sleep study also reports how many times you stop breathing or have reduced breathing per hour (AHI – Apnea Hypopnoea Index or RDI -Respiratory Disturbance Index) and how many times your legs twitch per hour (PLMI – Periodic Limb Movement Index).