Home Sleep Test


Home sleep test (HST) is primarily used to diagnose patients with obstructive sleep apnea. While polysomnography is used to diagnose sleep apnea in sleep lab.

A sleep physician will recommend a HST if the patient has a chance that he has moderate to severe sleep apnea. 

Once home sleep testing has been ordered, you will be scheduled for an appointment with one of our technologists to learn how to operate the device. The portable sleep monitor is easy to activate. It includes a recording device, sensors and belts and is powered by AA batteries. It records information, including your airflow, breathing effort, blood oxygen levels and snoring during your sleep. You will have the opportunity to practice applying the device with one of our sleep technologists so you are more comfortable using the equipment on your own. You will return the monitor the day after your study and the results will be sent to your referring physician
within a week.

Therefore, in summary, first, the patient will take a simple sleep monitor equipment from the center. A member of the sleep team will give you instructions on how to use the home sleep apnea test device. When you are ready to sleep, you will attach the sensors to your body as instructed. When you wake up in the morning, you can remove the sensors. Finally, take the device back to the sleep center.

There is a variety of home sleep apnea testing devices.

for RESMED home sleep test instruction resmed-HOME-TEST.pdf (48 downloads )  

for RESPIRONICS home sleep test respironics-HOME-TEST.pdf (46 downloads )  

home sleep test

Home sleep apnea testing can diagnose obstructive sleep apnea if:

  • It is highly likely that you have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
  • You have no significant medical conditions other than the suspected obstructive sleep apnea.

Preparation for Sleep Test:

  • Avoid taking a nap in the late afternoon or evening. If you nap, try to have it in early afternoon and shall not exceed a period 30 minutes.
  • Avoid the stimulants caffeine, cola, and chocolate. Also, avoid smoking before bedtime.
  • Do not eat large heavy meals or excessive drinking fluids before bedtime.
  • When it is time to sleep, close the phone and do not think about any personal or family problems.

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