Home Sleep Testing
Los Angeles

Get Better Sleep through testing, in the comfort of your home

Historically, testing for obstructive sleep apnea has required spending a night in a sleep laboratory, being hooked up to innumerable wires and sensors, and having your sleep “monitored” by a sleep technologist via an infrared camera. This test is called a diagnostic polysomnogram, and it remains the gold standard for obtaining the largest and “cleanest” amount of information on the changes occurring in one’s body during sleep. If the only question, however, is whether or not one has sleep apnea, and if a patient is looking for the easiest, and least intrusive testing solution to answer that question, home sleep testing may be an appropriate option. For a home sleep study Los Angeles clients trust, come to Tower Sleep Medicine.

Home sleep testing involves the patient being given a small and easy-to-use portable electronic device that typically measures only a few inches in size. These devices typically record air breathing patterns, heart rate, oxygen levels, and one or two other parameters depending on the specific technology employed. The patient wears this device in the comfort of their own bedroom for one or two nights, then returns it to our lab. We subsequently download the data, analyze it, and provide the patient with information on the presence or absence of sleep apnea.

Is home sleep testing right for me?

In our own head-to-head comparisons between laboratory polysomnography testing and home sleep testing, the results are reliable and reproducible, with minimal inter-test variability. Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed journals have also confirmed the validity of home sleep testing for obstructive sleep apnea.

Home sleep testing is not for everyone and is not for every medical situation. As noted above, home sleep testing only provides useful information regarding the presence or absence of obstructive sleep apnea. Other sleep conditions are not adequately evaluated by home sleep testing at this time. Also, certain medical conditions may preclude home sleep testing. We generally recommend full laboratory sleep testing for patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), neuromuscular diseases, and certain other complex medical conditions.

Discuss your specific situation with us, and we’ll tell you if you or your loved one is a candidate for home sleep testing.

What does the home sleep test monitor?

  • Nasal airflow
  • Body position
  • Blood oxygen levels
  • Breathing problems
  • Snoring

Do I need an in-lab sleep study after the home sleep test?

The home sleep test is primarily used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea, not other sleep disorders. In some cases, if the home sleep study highlights certain anomalies that require further investigation, we may recommend an in-lab sleep test for further accuracy.

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Benefits of Home Sleep Testing

Convenience & Comfort

Home sleeping tests are done in the comfort of your own home. You can do it in an environment and bed where you’re most comfortable. You don’t need to go to an external facility, change your schedule, or get used to a new environment. You simply wear the device according to the instructions when it’s time to sleep.

No Adjustment

Some people have a hard time adjusting to a new environment. They may take a few days to settle into a new space before they can truly relax and sleep comfortably. Even though sleep labs are designed to be comfortable and luxurious, some patients may still have that adjustment issue. Our home sleep testing in Los Angeles don’t require any such adjustment because you’re doing it in your own home.

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Simplicity

Home sleep tests are incredibly easy to administer. Once you receive the device, your doctor will explain how to set it up and start the test. The device is about the size of a smartphone and strapped — you have to strap it to your body when you sleep. Most people can self-administer the test without any problems. You’ll get the results in a day or two, and you can start your treatment immediately.

Affordability

Home sleep tests are usually more affordable than in-lab sleep tests because you’re only paying for the testing device, not for the sleeping facility and the sleep technologist’s time. Furthermore, home sleep tests are also covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare and TriWest. Since home sleeping tests are covered by insurance plans, you can rest assured that you won’t burn through your bank account. If you have any concerns, you can discuss your insurance coverage options with our staff.

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