What is a sleep test?

A sleep test gives you a comprehensive picture of the quality of your sleep. It measures your sleep data — including your breathing and blood oxygen saturation — over one or multiple nights. A board-certified sleep physician then reviews your results to diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and works with you on the best treatment option for you. If you’re ready for more restful sleep, consider consulting with your physician about your sleep issues online or through a sleep clinic.

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Why should I get tested for sleep apnea?

Monitoring your sleep can help you understand the quality of sleep you’re getting and what could be disrupting it. In a study performed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, it was found that 30 million people in the U.S. have sleep apnea, but nearly 23.5 million of those go undiagnosed.

Source: https://aasm.org/economic-burden-of-undiagnosed-sleep-apnea-in-u-s-is-nearly-150b-per-year/



Whether you’ve taken our sleep assessment and may be at risk or are experiencing common sleep apnea symptoms, consider taking a sleep test for diagnosing sleep apnea. There are two main categories of sleep studies — those conducted at sleep labs and those done from the comfort of your home.

Monitoring your sleep can help you better understand what factors could be to blame. Whether you’ve taken our sleep assessment and are at risk or experiencing common symptoms like snoring or fatigue, consider taking a sleep test for diagnosing sleep apnea.

Frequently asked questions about home sleep tests

What is a home sleep test?

A home sleep test gives you a comprehensive picture of the quality of your sleep. It measures your sleep data — including your breathing and blood oxygen saturation — over one or multiple nights to diagnose sleep disorders like sleep apnea.

How does a home sleep test work?

A home sleep test must be prescribed to you by your primary care physician or a sleep physician. It includes the sensor(s) that attaches to your body to monitor your heart and respiratory functions as you sleep. Upon completing the sleep test over one to three nights, a board-certified sleep physician will interpret the results with you and provide a proper diagnosis, if needed.

How accurate is a home sleep test compared to an in-lab sleep test?

A home sleep test will diagnose sleep apnea as well as an in-lab, clinical sleep test. However, an in-lab test may offer a more complete picture of how sleep apnea is affecting your body if you have other chronic conditions.

What is the difference between a home sleep test and an in-lab sleep test?

Home sleep tests are an alternative to an in-lab sleep test that can be completed from the comfort of your own bed. Both require a prescription from a physician to complete, though a home sleep test may be recommended for those who have no other health conditions. When taking a home sleep test, you will receive the prescribed testing kit, with all necessary equipment and instructions. After one to three nights of collecting sleep data, a physician will review your results and then reach out to you to discuss a possible diagnosis and treatment.

You can take an overnight sleep test at a sleep clinic, where a sleep technician is on-site to monitor you. Once your sleep data is collected, a sleep technician will review your results and share them with your doctor. In-lab sleep tests can monitor more of your body functions during sleep, such as brain activity.

Learn more about what to expect when taking a sleep test at home versus in a lab.

Do I need a prescription for a home sleep test?

Yes, a prescription is required to obtain a home sleep test. Talk to your doctor or consult with a sleep physician to determine whether a home sleep test is right for you.

How many nights do I need to take a home sleep test?

A home sleep test ranges from one to three nights for accurate results.

What time should I go to bed during a home sleep test?

In order to get the most accurate results, adhere to your normal sleep schedule and bedtime routine.

Can I review my results with my primary physician?

Results of your home sleep test will be shared with you so you can share your results back to your preferred physician to review together.

How long will it take to get my results back?

After completing a home sleep test, a board-certified sleep physician will review and interpret the sleep data collected. This process can take several days or weeks. Your physician will reach out to you to discuss your results and recommended treatment options, if needed. If your results are unclear, you may be prescribed an in-lab study for further testing.

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If you would like to access a physician consultation without the need for an in person appointment, you can obtain more information from Ectosense, a home sleep test manufacturer, by clicking the link below.

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