In this article, we will discuss four common questions regarding home sleep testing, an exciting, new diagnostic testing option for sleep disorders.
1) What is a home sleep study?
A home sleep apnea test (HST) is a diagnostic procedure to determine whether you have obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is by far the most common type of sleep disordered breathing. Tens of millions of people in the United States have OSA, and medical authorities estimate that 80% of OSA sufferers are as yet undiagnosed. OSA correlates very closely with obesity rates, which hover around one-third of the U.S. population. Current medical guidelines say that HSTs are appropriate for the vast majority of patients who need sleep diagnostic testing.