Home Sleep Testing
Home sleep testing provides a board certified sleep medicine physician with the information he or she needs to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. Home sleep testing allows you to sleep at home wearing equipment that collects information about how you breathe during sleep. You will usually set up the testing equipment yourself.
Home sleep testing is primarily used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. A physician may recommend home sleep testing if:
- It is highly likely that you have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea
- You have no significant medical conditions other than the suspected obstructive sleep apnea
- Your case will be reviewed to determine if you qualify for home sleep testing
You should not have a home sleep test if:
- You do not have a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea
- The physician suspects you may have another sleep disorder
- You have certain medical conditions including pulmonary diseases, neuromuscular diseases or congestive heart failure
In these cases, your physician may recommend an in-lab sleep study instead of a home sleep study. An in-lab sleep study provides the most complete evaluation of your sleep.
A home sleep test is designed to be a convenient way to collect information about your sleep. On the day of your home sleep test:
- Try to follow your regular routine as much as possible.
- Avoid napping
- Eliminate use of caffeine after lunch
If you are on a regular medication, speak with your primary care physician, or aboard-certified sleep medicine physician. Your doctor may recommend that you to temporarily discontinue using the medication.
Before your home sleep test, you will be asked to come to the Sleep lab, located at 1102 St. Mary’s Road, Junction City, KS inside Geary Community Hospital.
Alternatively, if you are homebound, or physically unable to pick up the equipment, someone may be able to deliver the home sleep test to your home.
A member of the sleep team will give you instructions on how to use the home sleep test device. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.
You can go to sleep at your regular bedtime. The sleep test should be at least 6 hrs in length, if possible.
Then when you are ready to sleep, you will attach the sensors to your body as instructed.
When you wake up in the morning, you can remove the sensors. You will be required to take the device back to the sleep center by NOON the following day.
Members of the sleep team will score and interpret the information collected through home sleep testing. This may take several days to complete this process.
The results of your test will be reviewed by a board certified sleep specialist, and a report sent to your primary care physician. If the results are unclear, the physician may recommend an in-lab sleep study.
You may need an additional in-lab sleep study if:
- Your home sleep test did not record enough data for a physician to make a diagnosis
- Your home sleep test results indicate that you do not have obstructive sleep apnea and the physician suspects another sleep disorder
If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, the board certified sleep physician will discuss treatment options with you and develop a plan.
If you are having sleep problems, please contact your primary care physician, and discuss your testing options.
A Doctor’s order is required for a Home Sleep Test to be performed.