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FAST FACTS: How to make sense of your sleep study: AHI versus RDI

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

If you've ever had a sleep study and gone over the results with your sleep specialist, you may have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of acronyms used when measuring certain key aspects of your sleep. 

All of them matter, to be sure. However, there are two which are of particular interest for those who have sleep breathing disorders. 

AHI and RDI both measure the quality of your breathing during sleep, but they technically count on different aspects of breathing in order to arrive at their numbers. 

So what is the difference between AHI and RDI?

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Top Reasons to Have a Sleep Study (Test)

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

You may have wondered whether you have a sleep disorder.

Maybe you had a string of nights when you couldn't fall asleep. Or:

A friend may have recommended that you have a sleep study.

A loved one may have complained about your snoring or joked about your antics while asleep.

Or you awakened recently not feeling well rested and wondered why.

Do you need a sleep study?

There are many sleep tests, including the most common one, the overnight polysomnogram, as well as the home sleep apnea test (HSAT), the MWT (maintenance of wakefulness test), the MSLT (multiple sleep latency test), or titration studies related to PAP therapy. They can all get to the bottom of your concerns.

Here are some reasons to consider inquiring into a sleep study.  

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Does Insurance Pay for Sleep Studies? (Coverage, Costs, and Rates)

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Insurance coverage may be the only kind of umbrella that rainy day Seattleites actually use when they can.

But insurance can be complicated, especially when it's applied to specific kinds of medical procedures and tests.

When it comes to sleep health diagnostics, the question begs:

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How much does a sleep study cost? (Prices and Rates)

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

At Sound Sleep Health, we provide a full range of sleep testing services, including CPAP titration studies, home sleep testing, multiple sleep latency tests, maintenance of wakefulness testing, PAP naps, EEG diagnostics, and actigraphy.

Regardless of your insurance status, you are encouraged to ask questions about medical pricing related to the sleep testing procedures we perform.

We believe our patients deserve transparency about the costs associated with sleep testing at our facilities. Our sleep medicine teams provide excellent service at an affordable rate and we are proud to be competitive with other providers in the Seattle area.

As you review our pricing, please remember that your individual insurance coverage (whether through a private insurer, insurance pool, or Medicare/Medicaid) may vary with regard to reimbursements for sleep studies, sleep specialist fees, and equipment. To know just what your insurance carrier will cover, you will need to consult your policy or call them directly.

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The Best Sleep Centers in Seattle

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

We at Sound Sleep Health take pride in providing a full range of high-quality sleep health services for our patients.

Sometimes patients who need sleep clinic services are unable to make an appointment with us and request that we make recommendations. While we hope you would make Sound Sleep Health your first choice for sleep health, we also recommend the following specialists in Seattle. 

The Best Sleep Centers in Seattle

Here are some of our favorite sleep health service providers in the area...

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What is the best sleep study for my problem?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

When sleep physicians refer to sleep studies, they are actually talking about a full range of different tests which are conducted based on protocols and parameters established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

There are dozens of sleep disorders that require some form of testing in order to identify and treat them. Here are the most common sleep studies being performed in sleep centers. The best sleep study for you is likely going to be one (or more) of these.

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