Home Sleep Tests
What is a home sleep test (HST)?
A home sleep study is a modified sleep study that’s performed in your home with a portable monitor. HST is used for the sole purpose of detecting Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
A home sleep test is performed in your home, as opposed to a sleep lab. The portable monitoring device measures oxygen saturation, heart rate, air-flow, and effort. It will also record snoring and position.
By contrast, a sleep test that’s performed in a sleep lab will measure the above in addition to brain waves, sleep time, and leg movements.
In patients with a high likelihood of moderate to severe sleep apnea, home sleep testing is comparable to tests performed in the sleep lab. However, HST tends to underestimate the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) compared to its in-laboratory counterpart. Home Sleep Tests do detect the presence of OSA and the essential distinctions may ultimately be a question of degrees.
Is assembly required?
Assembly consists of 4 simple steps. 1.) Place a belt around your mid-section. 2.) Attach a clip on your finger. 3.) Apply an airflow sensor under your nose. 4.) Turn the machine on.
As you might imagine, the portable monitor is user-friendly and our patients have reported ease of use. You will be provided a sheet with step-by-step directions to assist you at home.
A large amount of information is collected throughout your sleep study. A sleep specialist will analyze this information and a formal report with recommendations will be sent to your doctor.
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