Home Sleep Testing (HST)
What is the difference between an
in-lab test and a Home Sleep Test? A home sleep test is a diagnostic test that can determine whether or not you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It involves the use of a portable-monitoring system that is small enough for you to use at home. The system consists of a small recording device, sensors, belts and related cables and accessories.
The sleep recorder gathers important data as you sleep in your own bed. It receives information from sensors that are applied to strategic locations on your body. For example, sensors near your nose and mouth may measure your airflow. Other sensors around your chest and stomach may measure your breathing effort.
Each sensor sends a signal that is recorded on its own “channel.” Some home sleep tests collect more information than others. None collect as much information as a night in a sleep lab/center.
“A sleep center overnight study may provide a more definitive diagnosis of sleep apnea and help detect a wide variety of sleep disorders”
Home testing is not for everyone. You will need to discuss the test with your primary care or referring physician. A sleep center overnight study may provide a more definitive diagnosis of sleep apnea and help detect a wide variety of sleep disorders
Who reads the home sleep test? If your doctor recommends this test, you will need to visit one of our sleep centers or your doctor’s office to pick up the equipment and receive instructions for how to use it.
Remotely Attended Sleep Study
The Remotely Attended Sleep Study (RASS) provides all the information of an in-lab study, but it is conducted in the privacy of your own home. This is a great alternative to the in-lab study for those who are homebound, or who may not be able to be away from their homes and families overnight.
“The Remotely Attended Sleep Study (RASS) provides all the information of an in-lab study, but it is conducted in the privacy of your own home.”
Will I need to take time off
of work for a sleep study? Here’s how it works: the day of the study, IIS will send a technician to your home to set up the equipment, including audio, video and testing equipment which is all identical to the in-lab procedure. When it is time for the study to begin, the technician will walk you through the set-up; and will be able to hear and see you without having to touch any buttons. We utilize software which allows us to be in contact with the patient 100 percent of the time. While the technician can hear everything from the patient, the patient can only hear the technician when it is necessary.
When the study is over in the morning, an IIS representative will return to your home to retrieve all the equipment.
While the information obtained is the same, the major difference between the in-lab study and the RASS is the lack of controlled environment. In the sleep center, we can ensure that the doorbell and phone won’t ring, the dog won’t bark and your family members won’t disturb you.