A home sleep apnea test is designed to be a convenient way to acquire information about your sleeping. When needed of your test:
- Try to follow your regular routine as much as possible.
- Avoid napping
- Get rid of use of caffeine after lunch
If you are on a regular medication , speak with your board-certified sleep medicine physician. Your current doctor may recommend that you temporarily discontinue using the medication.
Before do at home sleep apnea test, you may have to go to the physician’s office to pick upwards the equipment. Alternatively, someone may deliver the home stop snoring test to your home.
A member of the sleep team will give you instructions about how to use the house sleep apnea test device. This is an opportunity that you should ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.
You can go to sleep at your regular bedtime. If you are ready to sleep, you will connect the sensors to your body as instructed. You might be asked to keep a sleep log or to press a button on the machine when you get into bed. When you awaken in the morning, you can eliminate the sensors. A person may have to take the device back to the sleep center or go back it by mail.
Members of the sleeping team will score and interpret the data collected through sleep apnea test at home. This particular may take several times or weeks. The table certified sleep physician will contact you to discuss the results. If the results are unclear, the physician may recommend an in-lab sleep study.
If home sleep study does not provide enough data then you may need an additional in-lab sleep study:
- Your home sleep test did not document enough data for a physician to make a diagnosis
- Your sleep apnea home test results indicate that you do not have obstructive sleep apnea and the physician suspects another sleep disorder
After sleep apnea test, if you are identified as having obstructive sleep apnea, the board certified sleep physician will discuss treatment options with you and develop a plan.
Why a Home Sleep Apnea Test at Novasom
There are two general ways to test for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – patients can visit a sleep center in a hospital or standalone facility for an overnight technician-monitored test, or they can take a test at home in their own bed.
Approximately 3.5 million diagnostic OSA sleep tests are ordered each year. An estimated 80% of these tests are appropriate for home sleep testing, where the patient is able to complete a sleep test in the comfort, convenience, and privacy of his/her own home.
Home sleep apnea test eliminates waiting periods and improves test completion rates:
- It can take weeks to get an appointment at a sleep center; home sleep testing can happen next day
- Up to 15% of patients fail to make their appointments at a sleep center due to fear, inconvenience or delays in scheduling
- The natural at-home sleep environment facilitates a normal night’s sleep, improving the accuracy of test results
- Home sleep apnea test is affordable – for both payers and patients – typically producing a significant savings versus overnight sleep center testing
The AccuSom® home sleep test is easy, convenient, and comfortable for patients 18 years of age and older, and is covered by most major insurance plans.
If you are a patient, please visit the Patient section of our website to learn more about OSA and Home sleep apnea test.
If you are a physician or healthcare professional, please visit the Professionals section of our website to learn more about how Novasom can fit into your practice.