What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the tongue collapses against the soft palate and the soft palate collapses against the back of the throat during sleep, and the airway is closed. OSA is highly correlated with cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, heart disease and stroke. OSA is also associated with daytime sleepiness, headaches, memory loss, mood changes, relationship disturbances and decreased libido.
Untreated sleep apnea is a major independent risk factor contributing to:
What are the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and who should get this test?
If you snore, are overweight, experience choking during sleep, have daytime fatigue, dry mouth, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, or diabetes, you should take a Home Sleep Test.
What is a Home Sleep Test?
A Home Sleep Test provides a board-certified sleep medicine physician with the information necessary to diagnose OSA. It is a one-night test that measures your breathing, blood oxygen level, heart rate, respiratory efforts, and body positioning. The home sleep testing device is a small unit attached to an adjustable belt with two sensors.
Can I use my health insurance? If not, how much will it cost?
If a doctor ordered this test for you and you have a prescription, then yes! You can use insurance to pay for this test. If you do not wish to use insurance, this test will cost $250 .
How do I prepare for a Home Sleep Test?
A Home Sleep Test is done in the comfort of your own home. When you order the test, HomeSleep will ship the testing device to your home. You prepare by connecting to the testing device when you are getting ready to go to sleep in your own bed. Upon waking up, you place the testing device in the box in which it came and bring it to the post office. That’s it!
When will I receive my results?
Within 72 hours after HomeSleep receives the testing device back, you will receive your results interpreted by a board-certified sleep medicine physician.