Are you one of many million people out there that are suffering from a lack of sleep? Chances are you may have OSA (obstructive sleep apnea). This type of sleep apnea can now be tested right in the comfort of your home. Home testing sleep apnea is a more convenient and cost-effective approach to (OSA).
Sleeping in your bed is a far better than having a test done at a sleep clinic hooked up to a maze of wires and having someone monitoring your activity. Chances of getting the proper or required amount of sleep at the clinic are pretty slim.
There are some things you will need to know before proceeding with a home test. It also has advantages as well as disadvantages.
Testing at home is very cost effect vs. in lab testing.
Doing it in the comfort of your own home and familiar surroundings
Scheduling is far easier having someone come in to pick up a kit, rather than booking a bed in a clinic and having staff available for monitoring.
Preferred by health plans and insurance programs
Home testing For patients with sleep disorders other than OSA the HSAT is not a recommendation.
Not as accurate as sleep clinic testing using the poly sonogram equipment
No one there to monitor your sleep in case of a fault occurring during the night
Only available in adults over the age of 18
A doctor or sleep specialist must prescribe HSAT. Home testing sleep apnea is only useful in patients with OSA.
Weight gain is the leading cause of OSA. Excessive loud snoring and frequent interruption in normal breathing are also significant signs of OSA.
If you think you could have OSA, consult with your doctor or a sleep specialist for an evaluation to determine if you’re at high risk of developing or having moderate to severe OSA.
When you are at your appointment, the doctor or sleep specialist will ask you a series of questions. These questions will help them determine the path for you to follow. After the evaluation is complete, the sleep specialist will determine if your condition is OSA.
Take Home Kit
Here you will see the HSAT kit. It is an example of what to expect when you receive the HSAT.
If you have been diagnosed with OAS by your sleep specialist and you choose the HSAT, you can see this is a pretty simple procedure to do in the comfort of your own home.
There are a variety of HSAT devices that have different sensors and equipment. These devices measure your breathing and blood oxygen level. Some also may measure your heart rate or other information about your body.
Before you leave the clinic with the kit, a sleep specialist or technician will offer you an orientation. This training will inform you of the steps to take when you decide to call it a night.
I have experience with this as my wife had chosen the HSAT option. It is a straightforward procedure.
You will also have the option to the amount of time needed for the at-home test as it may not work for you the very first night. Not everyone may get it right on the first night. It may take another night or 2 to get completely comfortable doing the test
Testing at Home
HSAT has made testing for sleep apnea at home a lot easier for a lot of people. Why wouldn’t you want this? Not very many people are comfortable getting it done at a sleep clinic. Chances of getting the proper sleep there on the first night aren’t all that great.
As you can see this isn’t all that bad. Imagine yourself in a strange place hooked up to a maze of wires and surrounded by large testing equipment. It would be like being in a hospital room where it has been proven to be the worst place to get rest while recovering.
Attach a clip to your finger, putting an airflow sensor under your nose, and turning on the monitor. You usually return the device to the lab the next day, and a technician will create a detailed report based on your results.
What does it do?
Following the instructions, you receive to begin hooking everything up before bedtime is reasonably straightforward. It must be done correctly to complete an accurate test.
The device measures oxygen saturation, heart rate, airflow, movement in your chest and abdomen and it will also record time spent snoring and your sleep position.
The Next Step.
When you wake in the morning and feel everything with the test went well, take the kit back to the clinic. The sleep specialist will download the information collected within the monitor. Once this is complete, they will be able to determine your condition from the results.
How many apnea events per hour and total.
Your oxygen level within your bloodstream
Whether you were snoring or not and for how long
Monitors your heart rate
The position you sleep in
Whether you are a mouth breather or nose breather
These are just a few of the examples of what is recorded. Different kits have other purposes for the condition of the patient. After the sleep specialist examines the information, you will receive a consultation. From there a preferred treatment option will be discussed, and you will then learn some options available to continue with the proper therapy.
Hopefully, you have some insight now as to how HSAT works and if it is right for you.
Keep in mind that after your diagnoses, you will have some major decisions ahead of you. Be sure that the clinic helps you explore your options and allows you to try different products before making any final decisions. You may have trouble with certain products and designs. Getting a comfortable and restful sleep in very important to a healthy lifestyle
You’ve made a wise decision and come this far so keep it smart until you are delighted.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave them below.