When you worry you have sleep apnea, the first step is to get a sleep test to determine if you have the condition, how severe it is, and what types of treatment you’re a candidate for. You have two options for sleep studies: an in-lab sleep test or a home sleep study. A home sleep study is a two-night test that monitors your breathing while you sleep.

Home sleep studies have become the top choice for people around the US because they’re simple, convenient, and you can take the test from the comfort of your own bed.

SleepTest.com offers affordable home sleep studies and connects patients with dental sleep experts via telemedicine.

When to Get a Sleep Study

woman sitting in bed in the middle of the night, restlessSleep apnea is a dangerous condition for which 80% of people go undiagnosed or underdiagnosed. There are three different types of sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: You’ll experience pauses in breathing during sleep due to a partial or complete blockage in your airway. Common causes of obstructions are soft tissues in the airway and nose. Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor might recommend you CPAP or oral appliance therapy. This is, by far, the most common type of sleep apnea.

Central Sleep Apnea: Your pauses in breathing will stem from your brain failing to relay messages to the muscles in your lungs to breathe. This type of sleep apnea requires a CPAP for treatment.

Complex Sleep Apnea: This type of sleep apnea is a combination of the two above. It starts as obstructive sleep apnea, and as a result of CPAP dependence, you’ll also experience central sleep apnea. You’ll need to continue using a CPAP if you develop complex sleep apnea.

The three types of sleep apnea have very similar symptoms, which occur during the day and night. Some of the consequences of untreated sleep apnea include depression and anxiety, heart disease, and kidney disease. Read a complete description of the consequences of untreated sleep apnea here.

If you experience sleep apnea symptoms, getting a sleep study is worth it. The good news is that it’s easy with SleepTest.com.

How is a Home Sleep Study Different?

A home sleep study has a lot of benefits over a lab sleep test. With SleepTest.com, it’s comfortable, easy to use, affordable, and just as accurate as a lab study.

Comfortable

The most significant benefit that patients see with a home sleep study is they can take the test from the comfort of their own bed. In a lab setting, it can be hard to fall asleep and stay asleep because you aren’t used to sleeping there, but at home, this is a non-issue. You’ll get more sleep and more data for your sleep expert to analyze.

The home sleep test is a popular choice because many people dread going to a lab for a sleep test. It can be a deterrent to getting the test and treatment you need to live a happy and healthy life. With a home sleep study, you can do it any two consecutive nights of the week, so it doesn’t interfere with your schedule and responsibilities.

Simple

The home sleep study is simple. Wear it for two nights and get the data your expert will need to determine your treatment needs. We’ll send the test right to your house.

Wearing the test is simple. You’ll wear a chest belt, finger monitor, and short tubes that sit just in your nose. You’ll turn on the quiet device that gathers information and sleep. The next night, replace the batteries in the device and sleep again. Then, you’ll send the test back to us. We get the data to your sleep expert, and they’ll analyze your results. If you have sleep apnea, they’ll suggest treatment options.

Just order the test, wear it for two nights, and get your results. Sleep apnea testing has never been easier.

Affordable

Lab sleep studies can be expensive. You pay for your space at the lab and a technician to stay with you throughout the night to monitor your test. According to Fair Health, the national average for an in-lab sleep test is over $5,000.

Home sleep studies are much more affordable, between $200 and $500. Many people wonder if their insurance will cover an at-home sleep study. This is variable by insurance, but we offer a complimentary benefits check through our online portal. You’ll know how much the test will cost and how much your insurance will cover.

Just as Accurate

Home sleep studies are just as accurate as in-lab testing. Typically, in a lab, you’ll be tested for one night. With a home sleep study, you’ll test for two nights. This gives us accurate information and allows us to picture your usual sleep patterns and habits better.

How Does a Home Sleep Study Work?

A home sleep study doesn’t actually measure your sleep; it measures your breathing while you sleep. After all, sleep apnea is a (sleep) breathing disorder. So you won’t get any information on how long you spent in each sleep cycle like you would with a smartwatch or Fitbit. Instead, the test will monitor the pauses in breathing, your lack of breathing, how much effort it takes to breathe, and how deep your breaths are.

Blood Oxygen Saturation

It might seem odd, but we can measure your blood oxygen saturation without taking any blood. You’ll wear a pulse oximeter during the test. In simple terms, this is a finger sensor. It is part of the data your sleep expert will use to determine how much oxygen you are breathing in (or lack thereof) and how much Co2 is in your blood.

Breathing Patterns

The short nasal tubes monitor your breathing patterns. We’ll have information on how often you stop breathing and how long the pauses are.

Breathing Depth

When a healthy person sleeps, they take long, deep breaths but many people with sleep apnea take shallow breaths at night. We’ll measure and monitor this with a chest strap you wear during your test.

Heart Rhythm

If you experience a stoppage in breathing, your heart rate will rise as your body doesn’t get enough oxygen, and your brain panics. Your heart rate can increase due to dreams too, but this information, coupled with the other factors, is another data point that will point to or from sleep apnea.

Snoring

There is no audio sensor on the sleep test, but those who snore get less oxygen per breath than those who don’t. In addition, it takes a snorer more effort to breathe in than a non-snorer. While the presence of snoring doesn’t alone indicate sleep apnea, it’s one of the signs we look for. We’ll monitor this through a combination of sensors on the sleep test.

Next Steps After Your Home Sleep Study

adult man laying in bed awake and restless in the middle of the nightAfter you conclude your two-night sleep study, you’ll send the test back to us, and we’ll relay the data to your sleep expert.

Step 1: Receive a Letter of Medical Necessity

After your home sleep study, the first step is to wait for your diagnosis and letter of medical necessity. Because SleepTest.com works only with the best dentists and medical doctors, this will only take a few days. We’ll notify you when it arrives in your portal. If you have questions in the meantime, refer to our website or reach out to your doctor through the online portal.

Step 2: Telemedicine Visit

After receiving your diagnosis and letter of medical necessity, you’ll have a telemedicine visit with your doctor. That’s right. There are no extra trips to the doctor’s office where you wait long after your appointment time to see your doctor. You’ll meet with your doctor online at your prescribed time. You won’t’ have to take time off work, vacation, or out of your evening. You’ll do your meeting wherever is comfortable and convenient for you.

During your visit, you will discuss your diagnosis and treatment option. Be sure to consider the type of sleep apnea you have, the severity, tolerance to treatment, lifestyle, and budget. With a prescription, your insurance may cover the cost of treatment. You can discuss this with your insurance provider.

Step 3: Start Your Sleep Apnea Treatment

The last step is to receive your custom treatment and start using it. As long as you use it each time you sleep, you’ll be free from the draining effects of sleep apnea.

Order Your Home Sleep Study Today

If you are worried you might have sleep apnea, start your journey today and order your home sleep study. Without the effects of sleep apnea, you’ll feel like yourself again. Order your test online to get started.