Studies show that approximately 40 to 50 percent of adult patients visiting primary care doctors are at high risk of having obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — a condition caused by blockage of your airway during sleep. You may be experiencing snoring and have complaints of low energy. You may be waking up at night from your sleep and feeling sleepy during the day. These are all symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke. But now, a simple monitor at home can diagnose your sleep apnea quickly and easily.
While some sleep tests may require an overnight stay at a sleep center or hospital, if you are being checked for obstructive sleep apnea, having a sleep test in your home may be more comfortable. Advantages of home sleep testing include:
- Home sleep tests are generally performed within 72 hours of the request. Sleep lab facilities typically have a longer wait time.
- Results of a home sleep test are typically provided to your referring physician within 72 hours after the sleep equipment is returned.
- Out of pocket costs for home sleep studies are usually lower than out of pocket costs for studies performed in a sleep lab.
- Just like a sleep lab study, results of the home test are reviewed by a board-certified sleep physician.
Performing a sleep study at home is easy and accurate. This will tell your doctor about your sleep in a familiar environment – in your own home, while you sleep in your own bed!
For some sleep disorders other than obstructive sleep apnea, sleep testing is best to be done in the sleep lab. As always, you’ll want to check with your doctor to determine the right test for you.