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Sleep Testing

High accuracy sleep testing is crucial to making the right diagnosis and deciding on the best treatment. Our sleep specialists offer the most advanced diagnostic testing available. You will do the testing by yourself, in your own home. Home testing is very accurate, more convenient and better at revealing your true sleep compared with testing in a hospital or sleep lab. If you’re interested in learning more or would like to set up sleep testing, call or schedule your appointment online.

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What is sleep testing?

Sleep testing helps your sleep specialist monitor your current sleep patterns and diagnose any sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, and more.

Many of these disorders can only be correctly diagnosed with a sleep test because the symptoms only occur when you’re sleeping.

There are different types of sleep testing available, including sleep testing in a facility, and sleep testing at home, where you can take home a device and special instructions to monitor your sleep.

While you’re asleep, biological signals are monitored and recorded, including:

  • Airflow
  • Chest and abdomen movement
  • Snoring
  • Heart and breathing rates
  • Oxygen saturation
  • Carbon dioxide levels
  • Movement and muscle tension
  • Brain electrical activity (EEG)
  • Which sleep stage you are in and for how long

Sleep testing in a facility requires that you stay in a sleep lab, usually a hotel-like setting, overnight.

At our modern, comfortable Kirkland-based sleep center, your room is dark, quiet, temperature-controlled, and comfortable for sleeping. Patients who have had testing done at several centers often comment that our beds are the most comfortable they’ve experienced.

What are the benefits of at-home sleep testing?

For some people, a home sleep study is a better, more cost-effective way to undergo sleep testing. Many people prefer it since they’re more comfortable in their own homes and more likely to act and sleep naturally.

The home sleep apnea test (HSAT) has a number of easy-to-apply sensors that measure pauses in your breathing while you sleep, oxygen levels, body position and more. This test is convenient, and may be preferable to facility-based testing, especially for those who don’t sleep well when away from home.

The overnight home EEG test is useful in cases where it is important to understand how sleep maps out across the night, such as in insomnia, parasomnia and daytime sleepiness. It may also be used in addition to home sleep apnea testing to measure the impact of breathing disturbance on sleep quality. This test is easy to do, unobtrusive, and yields high quality, medical grade results, far superior to Fit Bits or similar devices.

If you’re interested in sleep testing and want to finally get a good night’s rest, call or book your appointment online.