HOME SLEEP TESTING
As technology advances, doctors are utilizing home sleep tests (HST) with greater frequency to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders related to breathing.
Here are a few things to be aware of when considering an HST:
In-lab polysomnograms remain the gold standard for sleep medicine.
HSTs are offered on a case-by-case basis after consultation with one of OSA’s board-certified sleep specialists.
Patients will receive step-by-step instructions on how to administer the HST from a licensed sleep technologist.
HST equipment is compact, lightweight, and easy to use, and allows patients to administer the test from the comfort of their own bed.
HSTs monitor nasal airflow, breathing effort, blood oxygen saturation, heartrate, snoring, and body position.
A follow-up visit will be scheduled allowing HST results to be reviewed the day after testing.
OSA sleep practitioners will develop and discuss an appropriate plan for sleep health based on the results of the HST. This may include recommendation of an in-lab study for additional data.