What is a Home Sleep Test?
A home sleep test is a modified sleep study that is self-administered in your home. It is used to help detect obstructive sleep apnea in select adults and involves the use of a portable monitoring system equipped with a small recording device, sensors, belts and cables.
Home Sleep Tests vs. In-Center Sleep Test (Polysomnography)
The gold standard for the diagnosis of sleep disorders is still an overnight sleep study or polysomnography, attended by a sleep tech, in a Sleep Center. Only such tests are validated for the diagnosis of mild obstructive sleep apnea and many of the other (over one hundred) sleep disorders.
Recently some insurers have been recommending home sleep tests for likely moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea as a cost-effective alternative to a traditional overnight sleep study. If the home sleep test turns out to be inconclusive, or some other disorder is suspected, an overnight sleep study in the sleep lab (polysomnography) may still be needed.
How Can I Get a Home Sleep Test?
At present, home sleep tests are only recommended for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 who have a high pretest probability of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, and who have no comorbid medical conditions. If you have concerns about your sleep, and you would like to know if you are eligible for a home sleep test, please contact us to schedule a complete sleep evaluation. Our providers will determine if a home sleep test is right for you.