What is the home sleep apnea testing process?
A home sleep apnea test is designed to be a convenient way to collect information about your sleep. On the day of your test:
- Follow your regular routine as much as possible
- Avoid napping
- Eliminate the use of alcohol and/or caffeine after lunch.
If you are on a regular medication, tell your doctor. She may recommend that you temporarily stop taking the medication.
Before your home sleep apnea test, you may have to go to the doctor’s office to pick up the equipment. Alternatively, someone may deliver the home sleep apnea test to your home.
A member of the sleep team will give you instructions on how to use the device. Ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.
You can go to sleep at your regular bedtime. When you are ready to sleep, you will attach the sensors to your body as instructed. You may be asked to keep a sleep log or to press a button on the machine when you get into bed. When you wake up in the morning, you can remove the sensors. You may have to take the device back to the sleep center, return it by mail, and some are disposable. Your sleep center will let you know what to do with your equipment after your test.