NightOwl Home Sleep Apnea Test Device Tutorial

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There are many degrees of sleep apnea, and when it remains undiagnosed, it adversely affects more than 5% of the general population. Symptoms of sleep apnea include morning headaches, loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, mood swings, and high blood pressure.

After purchasing your Complete Care Package from Sleep Care Online, you will have received your NightOwl home sleep test. NightOwl is the world’s smallest sleep-testing device, weighing in at only 1 ounce.

NightOwl home sleep test

In addition to receiving your NightOwl device, you should have also received an email with set-up instructions. Be sure to save this email, as you will be using the Activation Code inside of it for the NightOwl Companion app.

How Does NightOwl Sleep Study Work?

The NightOwl sleep study detects apnea events (cessation of breath) with the help of a sensor attached to a fingertip. The home sleep study kit uses both photoplethysmography and an accelerometer to record the data related to actigraphy, blood oxygen level, peripheral arterial tone, and Apnea-Hypoapnea Index (AHI).

Features of Home Sleep Apnea Test Equipment

Multi-night Evaluation – NightOwl Sleep Apnea Self-Test Kit

In some cases, it is important to get more than one night’s worth of data for an evaluation and your home sleep apnea testing equipment should accommodate for that possibility to prevent a misdiagnosis.

Auto-scored – NightOwl Home Sleep Test

A home sleep test automatically stores data and AHI during your sleep. The device records all sleep data and provides you with your AHI score.

Reusable – NightOwl Sleep Study

No chance of exposure to any sort of contamination. Test for as many as 12 nights with a single home sleep apnea test machine.

PAT-based – NightOwl Home Sleep Study Kit

Based on cumulative sleeping time, pAHI. PAT, actigraphy, and oximetry based. PAT or Peripheral Arterial Tonometry determines peripheral blood pressure and peripheral resistance 

DOT Certified – NightOwl Sleep Apnea Self-Test Kit

 The NightOwl home sleep study kit completely meets the requirements for the DOT Physical Test. 

Night Owl Benefits

Multi-Night Evaluation – NightOwl Sleep Apnea Home Test Kit

The NightOwl Sleep Test sensors allow users to repeat the test on multiple nights to make it ideal for the proper diagnosis.

Self-Applicable – NightOwl Home Sleep Study

The design of NightOwl makes it one of the smallest OSA detection tools that are currently available on the market. The NightOwl uses only one finger sensor.

Fully Disposable – NightOwl At-Home Sleep Study Kit

The NightOwl unit is disposable and can be used for up to 12 nights. It thus eliminates the possibility of infection and thereby avoids the risk of the dissemination of COVID-19.

Long Battery Life – NightOwl Sleep Study

The battery of the NightOwl sensor is very durable, and with a single charge, this home sleep apnea test machine can operate for around three nights.

Miniature Design. The architecture of the NightOwl device is a downsized version of polysomnography for OSA detection that yields an accurate OSA diagnosis. The NightOwl collects sufficient data without attaching multiple probes connected by wires to your body.

Goodbye Probes. NightOwl uses the calculation of the peripheral arterial tone without the use of pneumo-optic single-use probes, removing the requirement of a probe.

Small Size – NightOwl Home Sleep Test

The NightOwl device is both small and non-disruption to a good night of sleep, making it ideal for an obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis. 

Non-Invasive – NightOwl At-Home Sleep Study Kit

The home sleep study kit contains only one sensor, worn on one of your fingers and secured with the help of adhesive tape. NightOwl is an invasive alternative for your sleep apnea diagnosis. 

Reusable – NightOwl Sleep Apnea Self-Test Kit

The NightOwl Sleep Study Kit can be reused for up to 12 nights so as to deliver accurate results.

Follow the steps below to successfully complete your home sleep apnea test.

Download the NightOwl Companion App

Download the NightOwl Companion app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once installed, open it and click the button that says “I Have an Activation Code.” Scan the code using your phone’s camera, or manually enter it from the email you received. Once complete, read and accept the Terms & Conditions. Next, fill out and submit all required personal information.

Unboxing the NightOwl Sleep Test Device

Remove the NightOwl device from the plastic packaging, along with the instructions and adhesive straps. When you are ready to begin your sleep test, click “Continue” in the app.

NightOwl home sleep test packaging

Pairing the NightOwl Home Sleep Test Device

To pair the NightOwl home sleep test with your phone, press and hold the button on the bottom of the sensor until a red light starts flashing. Click “Start Connecting” in the NightOwl app to pair the device to your phone. Once connected, click “Next.”

Wearing the Device

To begin, remove the adhesive cover from one of the finger straps. Place the white side of the NightOwl device at the corner of one of the straps. Place the device on your finger, with the sensor light touching your skin. Then, simply wrap the adhesive strap around your finger. Don’t wrap it too tight, but make sure the device is secure enough that it doesn’t move.

wearing the NightOwl

The Day After the Home Sleep Test

Once you follow all the steps, press “Start Recording” in the app to begin your home sleep test.

In the morning, press “Wake Up” to upload the recording and stop the test. The app will ask you to answer a few questions about your sleep. Answer to the best of your ability and hit “Submit.”

Your results will be uploaded to your physician within minutes. Schedule a telehealth visit with one of our sleep practitioners to review your results and receive a prescription for PAP therapy, if necessary. Don’t dispose of the device in case more data needs to be collected. If so, just follow these steps again.

How Much Does A NightOwl Sleep Study Cost with Our Complete Care Package?

Compared to Polysomnography or In-lab sleep tests which cost from around $500 to $3,000, The Complete Care package from Sleep Care online is a cost savings of $219. Here’s how it works:

  1. With the Complete Care Package, schedule a 10-minute telehealth visit with a healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms, upcoming sleep study, test results, and treatment options.
  2. A multi-night, disposable home sleep apnea test is mailed to your home to be completed at your convenience.
  3. A physician analyzes the sleep data and provides a prescription if needed.
  4. Schedule an optional follow-up appointment (additional fee applies).
  5. We connect you to sleep experts who can offer customized sleep therapy options, assistance in equipment purchase, and initial set-up.

Where Can I Find Home Sleep Tests Near Me?

Home sleep apnea tests and telehealth services are now available nationwide.

If you have any additional questions regarding the NightOwl home sleep test, give our knowledgeable customer care team a call at 866-465-4478. We can also be reached via email at

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