Patient Information About a Home Sleep Study
A Convenient, Comfortable and Cost Effective alternative.
What is a Home Sleep Study?
Home Sleep Study, called HST for Home Sleep Testing, is a way for you to be evaluated for any sleep breathing disorder from the comfort of your own bed. There are a couple of simple sensors which tell if there are pauses in breathing during sleep. The cost of a Home Sleep Study is significantly less, typically just a small fraction of what a more traditional procedure would cost at a sleep laboratory or clinic.
For a select group of individuals, a Home Sleep Study may make more sense. Home Sleep Studies are only used to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Individuals meeting the clinical criteria listed below can now choose between having their Sleep Study in the laboratory or at home.
Home Sleep Study Benefits
- Comfort There’s nothing like the comfort of your own bed!
- Convenience No need to drive across town, miss work or coordinate an overnight study in a sleep lab with your busy schedule.
- Cost Many patients are searching for a more cost-effective solution. HST can cost as little as1/3 rd of an in-lab study.
How Does the Home Sleep Study Process Work?
Screen Yourself If your self-screening is positive, or if you feel you have symptoms of Sleep Apnea, you will need to schedule an appointment and discuss your symptoms with your physician. A Home Sleep Study requires a prescription order to be sent via fax to Sound Sleep Health from your physician.
See your Physician When speaking with your physician, discuss your symptoms and bring your screening results from the GASP Questionnaire. Your physician will evaluate the symptoms and discuss the appropriateness of a Home Sleep Study for your situation.
Your physician will prescribe a Home Sleep Study from Sound Sleep Health Your physician should first evaluate you for signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea. He or she may have you fill out a questionnaire, or may ask a few simple questions.
Take the test – in the comfort of your own bed! You will go to bed at your normal bedtime. Try to stay in bed at least 6 hours. If you don’t get at least two hours of sleep or experience other difficulties, call Sound Sleep Health to make arrangements to test again the next night.
Return the testing device back to Sound Sleep Health the next day
Get your results in a few days Sound Sleep Health usually processes the data and a sleep specialist interprets the report within a couple of days. We then immediately send the report to your physician. You can then meet with your physician to discuss test results and if necessary, your treatment options.