An at-home sleep apnea test is used for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As the name suggests, an at-home sleep apnea test is done right in the comfort of your home.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, snoring, or feeling exhausted during the day, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This serious condition can cause a number of health problems if left untreated. A home sleep apnea test is a great way to find out if you have sleep apnea and get a customized sleep evaluation.
Home sleep apnea tests are more convenient than other types of Sleep Apnea Testing. Home sleep apnea testing is a simple, comfortable and accurate way to help your doctor diagnose your condition from home at any time during the day or night! Home sleep apnea tests are a great option for patients who need immediate answers about their health but don’t want to start with a full in-clinic sleep study or live a distance from our facility in Temecula.
The results will also provide you with personalized recommendations regarding treatment options that best suit your needs so there’s no guesswork involved when choosing what kind of therapy might work best for treating obstructive sleep apnea symptoms like snoring or daytime fatigue caused by sleep apnea.
HST kits consist of several different components, including portable sleep monitors, chest straps, heart rate sensors, and nasal cannulas. You will receive all of these components as well as detailed instructions and, oftentimes, links to videos that will ensure you wear and operate the device appropriately so you can get great data on the first try.
If you qualify for home sleep tests, there are several benefits to them. For more information about whether a home sleep apnea test is right for you, please consult with our medical team. But take a look at the unique advantages you will enjoy if you do so.
Convenience: When it comes to sleep study tests, home sleep tests are the most convenient, as they can be administered at home. Other sleep study tests, like the polysomnography, require you to drive to our sleep center to stay overnight and be monitored. A home sleep apnea test can allow for a DIY testing option if you are a good candidate for this type of test.
Inexpensive: Because there is less equipment involved and no need for a sleep technician, at-home sleep apnea tests are very cost effective and affordable in comparison to overnight sleep center tests.
Less Intrusive: Home sleep tests do not include many devices. You will only have to use three pieces of equipment that do not impose too many restrictions on your body. Overnight sleep studies are much more involved with EEG, EKG, EMG, and other biological instruments.
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As with any medical treatment, there are disadvantages as well as advantages. There are many benefits to sleep apnea tests performed at home, but there are also some downsides.
Less accurate: A lack of wires while you sleep can result in less accurate data when it comes to diagnosing sleep apnea. The wires can also detach while you sleep, which will not be noticed until a sleep technician reviews your results.
No additional diagnoses: Only obstructive sleep apnea is tested for by home sleep tests, which limits a doctor’s ability to diagnose other sleep disorders.