CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Your doctor has just told you that you may have sleep apnea and that you should have a sleep study completed.

Although the sleep centers look like nice, comfortable places, you really wish you could just take the test while sleeping in your own bed.

Wish granted.

Local residents now have more sleep testing options thanks to at-home sleep tests offered by Summit Health’s Sleep Centers.

“We offer three sleep center locations throughout the area,” said Jennifer Davis, a manager of Summit Health’s Sleep Centers. “However, we wanted to be able to provide our patients with an even more convenient option for initial sleep testing.”

According to Sandra Mosley, a manager of Summit Health’s Sleep Centers, at-home testing typically is used to test for obstructive sleep apnea.

“Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing stops and starts multiple times while you are sleeping,” she said.

Mosley noted that many insurance providers are requiring home testing now as a first step before a more thorough in-lab test.

“Undiagnosed sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, stroke and even heart failure,” Davis noted. “So, if you think you or a loved one have sleep apnea, or your doctor recommends you get tested, please have the test. Your doctor will recommend which testing – at-home or in the hospital – is best for you.”

For more information on at-home sleep testing, call (717) 267-7162.

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Friday, June 13, 2014