A home sleep apnea test is designed to be a convenient way to collect information about your sleep. On the day of your test:
- Try to follow your regular routine as much as possible.
- Avoid napping
- Eliminate use of caffeine after lunch
If you are on a regular medication, speak with your board-certified sleep medicine physician. Your doctor may recommend that you temporarily discontinue using the medication.
Before your home sleep apnea test, you may have to go to the doctor’s office to pick up the equipment. Alternatively, someone may deliver the home sleep apnea test to your home.
You can go to sleep at your regular bedtime. Before you sleep our sleep technician will attach the sensors & machine to your body. When you wake up in the morning, either you or our team member will remove the sensors, and take the device back to the sleep center to prepare an summery report & to show it to the doctor for your treatment.
Members of our sleep team will score and interpret the information collected through home sleep apnea testing. This may take several days. The board certified sleep physician will contact you to discuss the results or you need to visit the sleep center. If the results are unclear, the physician may recommend an in-lab sleep study.
You may need an additional in-lab sleep study if:
- Your home sleep apnea test did not record enough data for a physician to make a diagnosis
- Your home sleep apnea test results indicate that you do not have obstructive sleep apnea and the physician suspects another sleep disorder
If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, the board certified sleep physician will discuss treatment options with you and develop a plan.