Home Sleep Apnea Testing



             Home sleep apnea test requested or ordered

             Appointment to pick up the test device

              —–  Instructions on how to wear the device

              —–  Instructions on how to operate the device

             At home you put the device on and wear for a night of sleep

             Appointment to return the device

             Follow up appointment with your physician for results



Home sleep apnea testing is an overnight recording that

you will carry out on your own. Home sleep apnea

testing became available in 2005.  It has been widely used

in the field of sleep medicine since the government,

through Medicare, accepted it as a diagnostic test for

obstructive sleep apnea about six years later.. There are

multiple devices available. The FDA approves devices

that are used by physicians. Your sleep testing facility

will utilize one of these devices.


If your physician has ordered it for you, the day of your

study you will have an appointment to pick up the testing

unit. You will be shown the unit and how to wear it for

your test. They will help you fit any monitors that need

adjustments. The units are easy to use and quite

accurate. You will take the unit home to perform the test.


At your bedtime you will put on the testing apparatus

and start the test with the push of a single button. When

you get up for your day in the morning you will push the

button to terminate the study recording. You will pack

up the unit and return it to the Center where the

information recorded will be downloaded.


The home sleep tests are purely tests for obstructive

sleep apnea. They are exceptionally good at diagnosing

obstructive apnea in the vast majority of individuals.

People with milder forms of apnea, difficulty with

initiating and staying asleep, and people with positional

apnea, may have the condition missed on home sleep

apnea testing. When mild apnea is suspect, a sleep test

performed in a sleep center, a polysomnography, is the

medically preferred test. Unfortunately many insurance

providers require all patients who need testing for sleep

disorders to have a home sleep apnea test as the first

step in their testing evaluation with limited exceptions.

Question Obstructive sleep apnea is treated for two reasons. Do you know what they are?

Updated June 2022