More than 936 million people worldwide have obstructive sleep apnea, according to a new study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.1 Noteworthy, this estimate is roughly 10 times higher than previously indicated by the World Health Organization. It further stresses the importance of screening, diagnosing, and treating individuals unknowingly suffering from this manageable condition. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea contributes to high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Benefits of Home Sleep Apnea Test
You already understand the dramatic health implications of the lack of quality sleep. You have reviewed the risk factors and taken the Berlin Questionnaire. Therefore, you understand that you are at risk for sleep apnea. What is next? It’s time to take a sleep test.
In-Lab Sleep Testing
Sleep tests are traditionally conducted in-house at sleep clinics across the country. How does it work?
- First, find a sleep clinic and schedule an appointment based on both your and the clinic’s availability. This can be a challenge.
- On the night of the test, pack an overnight bag and come prepared to spend at least one night away from home in an unfamiliar setting.
- A sleep technician will hook you up with electrodes and monitors in order to capture as much sleep data as possible. Note: Being away from home or in an unfamiliar bed may lead to an uncomfortable night of sleep. This, in turn, can impact the results of the sleep study.
- As you fall into the deeper REM stage of sleep, the sleep technician will begin monitoring your brainwave activity to detect apneas (ie, pauses in breathing).
- While most insurance covers a portion of an in-lab sleep test, they typically cost between $2500 to $5000. The patient covers the remaining expense. If there is a deductible, the patient pays up to the deductible before reimbursement kicks in.
Home Sleep Apnea Testing
Another option exists which is not only at least as effective but much more convenient. The benefits of home sleep apnea test (HSAT) are that it can be completed at your convenience and in the comfort of your own bed.
- Ordering an HSAT is as simple as answering a few questions. You receive a referral for the test and the device is sent to your home. This do-it-yourself test makes for a convenient, effortless, and cost-effective solution to be tested for sleep apnea.
- This lightweight, palm-sized, and ergonomically-designed device will not interfere with your sleep. It comes with easy to read and understand instructions and access to a 24-hour hotline for additional help. The device will collect enough information during sleep to determine if sleep apnea is present. Once complete, simply mail the device back and our sleep physician will review the data.
- Because the HSAT monitors and collects your sleep patterns throughout the night, it is a particularly good tool for patients at high-risk for obstructive sleep apnea. It determines the severity of sleep apnea, not just whether or not a patient has it.
- Because there is no overnight stay, no scheduling issues, or the need to leave children for the evening, an HSAT is incredibly convenient and affordable. As a premier service, Sleep Care online includes an at-home sleep test, virtual appointments with a board-certified sleep physician to review test results, a prescription for PAP therapy, customized therapy options, and sleep coaching—all for only $399.
Is a Home Sleep Apnea Test Accurate?
In 2017, after extensive research, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) endorsed the use of portable monitoring for qualified people. The results of an HSAT are accurate and satisfy the AASM requirements to determine whether a patient has sleep apnea and how severe the condition is.
After Sleep Care online receives a returned HSAT device, results are uploaded to the physician within 48 hours. After scheduling an online consultation, patients will then review and discuss the results of the home sleep apnea test with a board-certified sleep physician. If the patient is in need of sleep therapy, the physician will discuss options. They will most likely recommend the gold standard of therapy—positive airway pressure or PAP therapy. From there, collaborate with your expert sleep coach to determine the best options available. We offer continued care for the best path for success
Ready to get started? We suggest beginning your sleep care journey by taking the Berlin Questionnaire. This one-minute assessment identifies high risk for sleep apnea and qualify for a home sleep apnea test.
- Grote L. The global burden of sleep apnoea. Lancet Resp Med. 2019 Jul 9. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(19)30226-7