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Home Sleep Study

There are few health complaints that directly affect the lives of others but snoring and sleep apnoea can have a devastating effect on the health and lives of our loved ones. We estimate there are 20 million snorers in the UK but it may be that around 1 million of those snorers are unaware that they are suffering from the more serious condition of sleep apnoea.

Although there are certain signs and symptoms that are used to identify individuals who are likely to suffer from this condition, the most accurate means of diagnosing sleep apnoea is for the individual to undergo a detailed in-patient over night sleep study or Polysomnography (PSG) as it is universally known. However, the most common form of investigation will be a simple pulse/oximetry home sleep study, which measures only the heart rate and blood oxygen saturations.

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Whatever health complaint we are experiencing we are naturally keen to start investigations and treatment just as soon as we can. If you suspect you have sleep apnoea you will probably visit your GP and ask for a referral to a specialist consultant. Usually, but not always, you will be referred for a sleep study. Although NHS waiting times are greatly improved, there is still a delay.

You can avoid the delay. We are now able to offer the latest equipment from the market leading innovator, Stowood Scientific Instruments of Oxford. This means we can offer a home sleep study service that is in many instances superior to that which is provided by the NHS.

We use three different patient units, Grey Flash, Black Flash, and Black Shadow, all made by Stowood Scientific Instruments of Oxford. We also provide overnight infra-red video recording as a supplementary service.

Grey Flash, Black Flash, and Black Shadow

Our equipment, which includes infra-red video cameras and MotionWatch 8 Actigraphy monitors can also identify many other sleep disorders, including insomnia, and the table linked below will help you to choose the best service for your needs.

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There is no need for a referral. You can have your sleep study at a time when it is convenient to you, and in the comfort of your own home. We will download the information the next day and a written report prepared by a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) will be available within 5-7 days. Regardless of whether you have sleep apnoea, or another sleep disorder, or are just a snorer, we will make recommendations on treatment options. We can also provide the treatment. Your private and confidential sleep study report can also be sent to your GP if you wish.

Please Note: Women who snore are far less likely to have sleep apnoea than men. If you are a woman who snores you will not necessarily develop sleep apnoea and if you do, your signs and symptoms are likely to be different to those of men. You may wish to consider an initial consultation in our sleep clinic where you can be seen by a female specialist in women's issues of sleep, snoring and sleep apnoea who will advise on treatment and further diagnostics if necessary.

For the sake of your health and that of your loved ones, why wait for the NHS when you can have your sleep study tomorrow? Just select the service you require then call our helpline or complete the form below and we will make all the arrangements for you.

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Grey Flash

The Grey Flash is our sophisticated, but entry-level, system. Grey Flash records:

  • Blood oxygen saturation sampled at 4Hz
  • Heart rate/pulse sampled at 4Hz
  • Body movement and position sampled at 4Hz
  • Nasal airflow sampled at 4Hz
  • Patient events
  • Time
  • Snoring sound data & wave form sampled at 4Hz by bedside mounted microphone
  • Re-playable & calibrated data
  • Plethysmography (used to identify the signal quality of the finger probe data) sampled at 4Hz
  • CPAP pressure

The patient unit is worn on the left upper arm and held in place with an elasticated arm strap.


Black Flash

The Black Flash is an updated unit with faster processing for higher resolution data. Many channels are at least 8 times faster than the Grey Flash. Black Flash records:

  • Blood oxygen saturation sampled at 32Hz
  • Heart rate/pulse sampled at 32Hz
  • Body movement and position sampled at 32Hz
  • Nasal airflow sampled at 128Hz
  • Patient events
  • Time
  • Snoring sound data & wave form sampled at 32Hz by bedside mounted microphone
  • Re-playable & calibrated data
  • Plethysmography (used to identify the signal quality of the finger probe data) sampled at 512Hz
  • The patient unit is worn on the left upper arm and held in place with an elasticated arm strap.

Black Shadow

The Black Shadow study is called a Polygraphy or Respiratory PSG. It has all the features of the Black Flash plus the ability to measure ECG, respiratory effort, movement of both legs or movement of one leg and bruxism, and a non-invasive surrogate for blood pressure rises. Black Shadow records:

  • Blood oxygen saturation sampled at 32Hz
  • Heart rate/pulse sampled at 32Hz at finger
  • Heart rate/pulse sampled at 32Hz at chest by ECG
  • Body movement and position sampled at 32Hz
  • Right leg movement sampled at 32Hz
  • Left leg movement sampled at 32Hz
  • Nasal airflow sampled at 128Hz by cannula
  • Oral and nasal airflow sampled at 128Hz by thermistor
  • Respiratory effort by chest and abdominal bands
  • Patient events
  • Time
  • Snoring sound data & wave form sampled at 32Hz by cannula mounted microphone
  • Re-playable & calibrated data
  • Plethysmography (used to identify the signal quality of the finger probe data) sampled at 512Hz

The patient unit is worn in the centre of the chest and held in place with an elasticated chest strap sized for you.


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Delivery, collection and a full emailed report are included in the sleep study fee.