In order to receive a definitive sleep apnea diagnosis and begin the treatment most appropriate for your specific condition, you need to complete a sleep study.
In past years it was only possible to complete a sleep study by staying overnight in a lab. But the unnatural testing environment spurred the development of home testing technology. By completing a home sleep test, you can identify if you are truly suffering from sleep apnea and begin the recovery process to avoid long-term health effects.
Sleep test conducted in your own home
Years ago, sleep studies required a long, involved, and often torturous process in which the sleep apnea patient was wired with 15 sensors clamped to the scalp, lip, eye sockets, jaw, index finger, legs, and chest. With a microphone to capture sounds and an infrared camera to monitor movement, the patient slept in a hospital bed so that technicians could collect sleep data.
Medical equipment has evolved significantly in the past decade, and home tests are now available for a far easier and more comfortable way to test for sleep apnea. At only 1/10 of the cost of a hospital test, the home test is completed over a few nights in your own bed, using a portable device that’s relatively easy to hook up and take off without any assistance.
Home sleep tests measure biologic parameters that can indicate sleep apnea, like nasal and oral airflow, respiratory effect, and blood oxygen levels. The testing equipment is attached to your body only with Velcro, elastic, and stickers, so it is a totally painless procedure that won’t interrupt your sleep.