lf you or your doctor suspects you have sleep apnea, an overnight sleep study is the best way to confirm it. But what if your nearest sleep center is hours away or booked up for months? Or what if a disability, or dependents, or safety concerns, or a job makes a night in a lab too difficult? In such cases, your sleep doctor would prescribe a home testing kit.
Even though they do not record as much data as a in-lab sleep study, home testing kits are effective in diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea. The information they collect include:
- – airflow
- – breathing effort
- – blood oxygen level
- – snoring
- – body position
- – heart rate
Some insurance plans may cover home testing for patients. Our office can check your eligibility status for you.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) now endorses the use of Home sleep testing if you meet the following criteria:
- – You are between 18 and 65 years of age
- – You have a high risk of moderate to severe sleep apnea
- – You have no other major medical problems. This includes lung disease, Neuromuscular disease, and congestive heart failure
- – You have no other sleep disorders. This includes central sleep apnea, lnsomnia, parasomnias, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, periodic limb movement disorders, and narcolepsy
lf you have any of the aforementioned disorders, we recommend visiting Your physician or specialist to treat those and perform an in-lab sleep study.