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Join the more than 2,200 people across the U.S. who have trusted their sleep apnea testing to us! Here's why patients keep choosing Singular Sleep:

  • Avoid the hassle: get tested in your own home and avoid an uncomfortable night in a sleep lab. 
  • Save money: an in-lab sleep apnea test can cost up to $4,000; compare at our $249 home sleep study fee.
  • Accuracy counts: home sleep apnea testing has been proven equivalent to an in-lab sleep apnea study for diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in at-risk patients.
  • Complete sleep apnea solutions: after the sleep study test, you may schedule an online sleep doctor consultation with our sleep specialist to review your home sleep test results and get prescriptions for sleep apnea treatment; we also supply CPAPBiPAP, and CPAP alternatives at unbeatable prices.
  • Confidence in your results: your home sleep apnea study is reviewed by a board-certified sleep physician, unlike some companies that use automated analysis and non-sleep-trained doctors. 
  • Fastest turnaround time available: complete the quick and easy online sleep apnea test order form today and your at home sleep study kit ships the following business day. You'll receive your sleep study test results by secure email 4-5 business days after completing the test.
  • You're in control of your health: you can order your in home sleep study without a prescription or referral.
  • Stay on the job: our home sleep study tests meet DOT, CDL, and FAA requirements. In a crunch because your medical card is up soon? We've helped hundreds of people like you be able to keep working with our super-fast sleep apnea solutions. 
  • Your medical tests are your business: your sleep apnea test results remain confidential and are only sent to YOU. The sleep study results DO NOT get sent to your insurance company where they would become a part of your permanent medical history.

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Questions? Email or call us at (844) 757-9355.

Testimonials:

"You are using telemedicine to help those with sleep disorders cut the cost of diagnosis... Singular Sleep is impressive." - U.S. Congressman Mark Sanford

"My experience with Singular Sleep has been wonderful!  They mailed me the sleep apnea study equipment for a one night sleep test right away.  When I took the test they contacted me with the sleep study results and then set up a telemedicine appointment to discuss all the details.  Dr. Krainin was very kind and explained all the data to me.  Whenever I had questions about my CPAP machine I could call or email them and they would respond very quickly.  It is so much better to do it this way than going to a sleep clinic and spending the night.  I am very, very pleased with the Singular Sleep telemedicine!" - Fran B.

"My experience with Singular Sleep has been great. I would not hesitate to recommend Singular Sleep to my friends." - Larry H.

"After a close relative was diagnosed with sleep apnea, I became concerned that this might be a health issue for me. I turned to Singular Sleep for quick, easy and affordable access to a home sleep apnea test. The process went smoothly and within a few days I had the report of my test confirming moderate sleep apnea. The follow-up online consultation with Dr. Krainin was especially helpful. After reviewing the general health history I had sent him, he explained that several other health issues that were affecting my well-being were related to sleep apnea and that they might become less of a problem once I began treatment for sleep apnea. I would strongly recommend Singular Sleep as a resource for others who are concerned about sleep-related health issues." - Bill S. 

Watch a video where a Singular Sleep patient describes how her life was changed by using our services.

Frequently Asked Questions about Our Home Sleep Apnea Tests

Can I order a home sleep apnea test online without a prescription or getting a referral from my doctor?

Yes, as long as you live in one of the following states/territories where we offer this service:

  • Alabama                                             
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam *referral required
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
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    If you don't see your state, please check back frequently. We are continuously adding new states to the list.  

    How do I order an at home sleep study?

    The easiest way to order a sleep apnea test is to fill out and submit the online sleep study order form. We'd also be happy to assist you in placing an order over the phone. Feel free to call us at 844-SLP-WELL (757-9355).

    I placed an order online. What happens next?

    You will receive an e-mail from us acknowledging receipt or your sleep apnea test order. You'll then receive an e-mail update from us once the home sleep study test kit has shipped.

    Do I need to do the sleep apnea study one night or multiple nights?

    There is minimal night-to-night variability in sleep apnea so, for the purposes of diagnosing you with sleep apnea, only one night is needed. Your rental of the home sleep apnea test kit includes two nights in case you have something that comes up that prevents you from doing the sleep study the first night. 

    How much does a home sleep study cost?

    The cost of an at home sleep study is $249. 

    What does the $249 home sleep apnea test cost include?

     The $249 home sleep study fee includes:

    • rental of the home sleep study kit for two nights
    • shipping both ways
    • scoring of the sleep apnea study data
    • review and interpretation of the final sleep study data by a board-certified sleep doctor
    • a formal sleep apnea test report that includes your apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), final diagnosis, and diagnostic codes

    How long will it take for the home sleep study kit to come in the mail?

    Once your home sleep test order ships, you should receive it in 2-3 business days depending on where in the United States you live. 

    Do health care insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Humana, Medicare, Cigna, Tricare, and United cover the sleep apnea test?

    Singular Sleep's mission is to provide affordable sleep medicine care with outstanding service. We are unable to fulfill our mission unless we maintain our independence from health care insurance companies.

    Can I seek reimbursement from my insurance company for my sleep apnea test cost?

    Yes! We are more than happy to provide you with invoices for all products and services that you purchase from Singular Sleep. We will include all sleep apnea-related insurance codes in the invoices: ICD-10 diagnostic codes, CPT procedure codes, and HCPCS medical equipment codes. Always check with your health care insurance company to clarify their coverage policy. 

    My DOT/FAA doctor is requiring me to have a sleep study because of my weight (or neck size or high blood pressure or history of snoring or sleepiness) in order to keep my CDL (or pilot's license). Is your sleep study test DOT-approved (or FAA-approved)?

    Our sleep apnea test is a Type 3, FDA-approved device that meets DOT and FAA requirements. If you have any doubt about your DOT doctor's expectations, check to make sure that he or she approves of a home sleep test versus an in-lab test. 

    I have a CDL. What are the advantages for me to use Singular Sleep for my DOT-required home sleep apnea test?

    We have hundreds of patients who are commercial drivers. We are very familiar with the process that you are going through and will work with you to get your sleep test results to you quickly so that you can stay on the road. Should your sleep apnea study show that you have sleep apnea, our complete sleep apnea solutions offers several advantages:

    • Telemedicine sleep apnea doctor consultations: you can meet with our sleep apnea doctor while you're on the road through a smartphone, tablet, or computer that is connected to the Internet. This prevents you from having to take time off work to go to the sleep clinic to meet with the sleep apnea doctor in person. The doctor can prescribe CPAP and troubleshoot issues that may come up that can interfere with your use of the equipment. He can also sign paperwork for the DOT to keep you in compliance with their regulations. 
    • Remote CPAP compliance data management: if you purchase CPAP equipment from us, we will be able to get DOT-required compliance downloads remotely from your machine. You won't have to take any time off to go to a DME to get the download. 

    What happens if I have a technical problem setting up the home sleep study device or doing the test?

    We provide clear, concise, and easy-to-read instructions with your home sleep apnea test kit. However, should you have any difficulties, we will be happy to provide you with phone support to make sure that you get a good sleep study. 

    How many hours of sleep do I need to get a good home sleep study result?

    Sleep apnea doctors prefer to get at least four hours of sleep to get accurate results. If you think that you had less sleep than that, call us at (844) SLP-WELL (757-9355) to get recommendations from our team. 

    I have a cold (or allergies). Can I still do my home sleep apnea test?

    The typical nasal congestion and throat inflammation from a cold or environmental allergies has little bearing on your sleep apnea test results - go ahead and do the sleep study. If you've been diagnosed with something more serious, like pneumonia or lab-test positive influenza, call us at (844) SLP-WELL (757-9355) to discuss the situation. 

    I usually get up during the night to go to the bathroom (or check on my children etc.) - will getting out of bed disrupt the home sleep study test?

    No, the device senses when you are standing up and automatically excludes this data form the study so this won't be a problem. Please do not take off or stop the test if you do get up during the night.

    How do I send the home sleep apnea test back to you?

    You will be provided with a USPS Priority Mail box with a pre-paid return shipping label affixed to it. All you have to do is place the test kit and laminated home sleep test instruction booklet in the return box, seal the box, and place it in your nearest blue USPS mailbox. 

    How long does it take to get the results after I send the sleep apnea test kit back?

    Once we receive the kit (usually 2-3 business days after you mail the kit) you will most likely receive the results of your home sleep apnea test in 1-2 business days. 

    How will I get the sleep apnea test results? Do you mail them to me or my doctor?

    You will receive your home sleep study results in a secure email. We do not send the results to anyone else unless you have completed a medical information release form and explicitly directed us to send the test results to another party. 

    If the test shows sleep apnea, how do I get a CPAP machine?

    CPAP machines, humidifiers and masks are considered "legacy" medical equipment and require a valid prescription from a qualified health care professional. If you test positive for sleep apnea and want to get a CPAP machine, then you will have two options:

    1. Take your sleep study test report to your doctor and ask him/her for a prescription for a CPAP machine.
    2. Schedule an online sleep doctor appointment with our physician. 

    If my sleep study shows that I have sleep apnea, will I have to go into a sleep lab to do a titration sleep study?

    Our physician, Dr. Krainin, treats the majority of patients with an auto-CPAP machine or auto-BPAP machine. This prevents you from having to have a titration study. Auto-adjusting machines do require follow-up appointments to verify the effectiveness of the treatment and adjust the machine settings as needed. Some patients with more complex forms of sleep apnea may be required to go to a sleep lab for a full-night sleep study. 

    Are there alternatives to CPAP for sleep apnea treatment?

    There are several CPAP alternatives for sleep apnea. Depending on the type and degree of sleep apnea, you may be a candidate for other treatments such as BiPAP, oral appliances for sleep apnea, Provent, positional therapy, and lifestyle modifications.

    Home sleep study vs. in-lab sleep study: Is a home sleep apnea test as good as an in lab sleep study?

    Home sleep tests (HSTs) are equivalent to in-lab sleep tests for the purposes of diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in patients who are at increased risk for the disorder. Diagnosing OSA is by far the most common reason to have a sleep study. In-home sleep studies cannot diagnose other sleep disorders besides sleep apnea. It is advisable that patients with certain medical problems such as advanced heart failure and lung disorders have an in-lab study. Consult your doctor or a sleep specialist if you need advice on what type of sleep study is best for your situation. 

    Many people have reported that they can't sleep well in the sleep lab. This is actually to be expected. There is a phenomenon called "the first night effect" that leads us to not sleep normally in a new environment. Not only do people find it harder to fall and stay asleep in a different environment, but the normal sleep stage pattern may be disrupted. For this reason, there are strong reasons to believe that home sleep test results might actually be more accurate in many cases.  

    How do I know if I need a sleep apnea test?

    Common obstructive sleep apnea symptoms, signs, and risk factors include: 

    • snoring on the majority of nights of the week (loudness of snoring isn't as important as regularity of snoring)
    • feeling unrefreshed after a full night's sleep
    • frequent awakenings during the night
    • excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
    • overweight (body mass index [BMI] 25-29.9) or obese (BMI ≥30)
    • your bedpartner voices concerns about abnormal breathing (such as stopping breathing) in your sleep
    • waking up gasping, coughing or choking
    • neck circumference ≥17" in men or ≥16" in women
    • cigarette smoking

    Other, more subtle signs may indicate OSA, such as:

    • extremely restless sleep
    • waking up in the morning with headaches
    • nighttime acid reflux
    • feeling hot and sweaty during the night or needing the bedroom extremely cool
    • needing to urinate multiple times during the night

    These factors may also influence sleep apnea risk:

    • age: sleep apnea rates increase as we get older
    • sex: men have higher risk until women finish menopause, then risk equilibrates
    • family history
    • cigarette smoking
    • structural jaw abnormalities, e.g. micrognathia (small lower jaw) and retrognathia (set-back, recessed lower jaw), narrow, high-arched palate (upper jaw)
    • large tonsils
    • large adenoids
    • allergies
    • asthma
    • race/ethnicity: African-Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Mexicans are at increased risk. Some research suggests that Asians, even when normal weight, are at increased risk due to face, head, and jaw structure. 
    • alcohol consumption or sedative/hypnotic medications near bedtime
    • head shapes such as dolicocephaly (long, narrow head)

    Additionally, there are many medical problems that can cause sleep apnea

    Are there any free sleep apnea screening tests?

    Yes, click the button below if you'd like to receive our scientifically-validated, free, online sleep apnea screening tests:

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    What are the differences between an in-lab sleep study and a home sleep apnea study?

    The equipment used is vastly different. In-lab sleep studies involve electrodes and sensors being applied to your body with abrasive past from your scalp to your legs. There will be a technician observing your during the entirety of the study through an infrared camera in the sleep study room. Our home sleep test units only have three parts:

    • a nasal cannula to measure airflow
    • a pulse oximeter to measure oxygen levels
    • a chest belt to measure breathing effort

    The "brain" of the unit weighs 3 oz and sits on the chest belt. It records body position and all the data from the other sensors. 

    Additionally, in-lab sleep studies:

    • Make you go to bed and get up on their schedule. Usually "lights out" is around 9:30-10 p.m. and "lights on" is 5-5:30 a.m. Many people find it hard to go to bed that early. 
    • You can get up to go to the bathroom during the sleep study, but it's a hassle. You have to call out to the technologist and then he/she has to "unplug" you so that you can go to the restroom. 

    What type of home sleep apnea test system do you use?

    Singular Sleep uses Philips Respironics Alice NightOne home sleep apnea testing devices. 

    I need a sleep study for an upcoming surgery. Is a home sleep test acceptable for my pre-op surgery requirement? If so, how quickly can I get a CPAP machine if I do have sleep apnea?

    Absolutely. We've helped many patients who needed a rapid solution for sleep apnea testing and management before having a surgical procedure. If you are proactive, you can generally get the results of your sleep study within 7-8 business days of ordering it. Should you test positive for obstructive sleep apnea, we can usually facilitate you seeing our sleep doctor online and getting a CPAP machine within a week. 

    Do you offer any sleep study discounts?

    Singular Sleep offers a "VIP program": If you have a sleep study through Singular Sleep and refer someone else who orders a home sleep apnea study, we will send you a check for $25 and give your friend a 15% discount on the sleep study. 

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      What causes obstructive sleep apnea?

      As depicted below, obstructive sleep apea is caused by the back of your throat being too narrow and closing up repetitively during the night:

      home sleep test for obstructive sleep apnea

      What are the symptoms of sleep apnea? 

      OSA can cause or worsen numerous medical problems, reducing the quality and length of your life. Sleep apnea can cause:

      • high blood pressure
      • diabetes
      • heart attack
      • stroke
      • atrial fibrillation
      • sudden and premature death

      For a comprehensive list of sleep apnea-related medical problems, click here

      What will the sleep apnea test report results include?

      The sleep study will tell you your apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). If your AHI is five or above, then you have sleep apnea. The report will tell you your AHI in different body positions - often sleep apnea is positional and worse when sleeping on the back. 

      Your AHI will determine the degree of sleep apnea that you have:

      • mild sleep apnea: apnea hypopnea index (AHI) 5-14.9
      • moderate sleep apnea: AHI 15-29.9
      • severe sleep apnea: AHI  ≥30

      The sleep study report will also tell you about your oxygen levels including:

      • How low did your oxygen drop during the night?
      • How long was your oxygen level below normal (<90%)?

       At the end of the report, the doctor will give you a diagnosis. The most common diagnoses are:

      • obstructive sleep apnea ICD-10 G47.33
      • sleep apnea ICD-10 G47.30
      • sleep related hypoventilation/hypoxemia ICD-10 G47.36
      • snoring ICD-10 R06.83

      Finally, the sleep study report will give you treatment recommendations, which may include a CPAP machine or BPAP machine, and/or CPAP alternatives such as Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy or an oral appliance for sleep apnea

      I had a sleep study years ago, do I need another one now?

      Generally our medical director recommends that, before pursuing treatment for sleep apnea, it's a good idea to have had a sleep apnea test in the past five years. This is because sleep apnea severity typically gets worse with age. A new sleep apnea test also is indicated if you've had major weight changes, either a gain or loss, since your original sleep apnea test. It's important to know the degree of sleep apnea severity because it will influence which sleep apnea treatment options might be appropriate for you. 

      Can I order a sleep apnea test for my child?

      At home sleep apnea test kits are not approved for pediatric patients 18 years old.

      My husband/wife/significant other snores really loudly and I hear him/her quit breathing during sleep. Can I order my husband or wife a home sleep study?

      Yes, but the person who orders the home sleep test device will be responsible for ensuring the kit is returned on time to Singular Sleep. 

      How will I know if I did the sleep study correctly?

      The instructions included in the home sleep test kit tell you how to get the machine to tell you in the morning if a good study was obtained. If you have any question about whether you had a good sleep study, please call us at (844) SLP-WELL (757-9355) before returning the test kit so that we can troubleshoot the issue with you. 

      What happens if I don't do the home sleep apnea test correctly?

      If you return the home sleep apnea test kit and the sleep apnea doctor determines that there is not enough data to get you a diagnosis, then you will have the option to redo the study with a $30 shipping and handling charge. 

      Do I need a sleep apnea study to be diagnosed with sleep apnea? I am fairly certain that I have it. 

      To diagnose sleep apnea, a sleep apnea test is required. 

      I normally take sleeping pills to help me sleep. Will sleeping pills affect the sleep study? Should I take sleeping pills the night of the sleep study?

      In general, the most accurate sleep study data will be obtained if the night of the sleep study is a typical night for you. We typically recommend that, if you take sleeping pills to sleep, then you do so the night of your sleep study. If you have further questions you can schedule an online sleep doctor appointment.

      Is a home sleep study the same as a "polysomnogram?"

      Polysomnogram (or polysomnography) is the formal medical name for a sleep study. A home sleep apnea test is a type of sleep study. 

      Can I do a multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) or maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) at home?

      MSLTs and MWTs must be performed in a sleep lab under supervision. 

      Is this sleep test the same thing as a "sleep apnea machine?"

      Sleep apnea terminology can get confusing. When people say "sleep apnea machine" they may be referring to a CPAP (the machine that treats sleep apnea) or the testing kit that is used to diagnose sleep apnea. The first step is to see if you have sleep apnea with a sleep apnea test. Then, if your sleep study does indeed show sleep apnea, you will need to get a prescription from a doctor for a CPAP machine to treat the disorder. 

      Am I renting or buying the sleep apnea test?

      The $249 fee is for a two-night rental of the home sleep study kit. The home sleep apnea test unit is a very expensive piece of medical equipment. 

      If my sleep apnea test shows that I have sleep apnea, do I need to get a CPAP machine from you?

      No, you can use your sleep apnea test report to get a prescription for treatment from your doctor or our doctor. Either way, you can get your equipment from the durable medical equipment company of your choice. 

      What are the advantages of buying a CPAP machine and mask from Singular Sleep?

      Advantages of buying CPAP from us include:

      • Cost: affordable, high-quality equipment
      • Committed customer service: If you buy CPAP equipment from us, we will troubleshoot your issues and answer your equipment-related questions - it is VERY COMMON for people to need help with their new CPAPs. If your equipment was purchased through another vendor, we will not be able to help you "set up" your machine or manage problems that you may encounter with your CPAP machine or mask.
      • Better results: if you buy your CPAP machine from us, we will have it entered in our system. This allows us to seamlessly monitor your machine's data and make sure that the treatment is working for you

      Is your sleep apnea study the same thing as a "sleep apnea tester?"

      Yes, you may have heard some people call home sleep study test kits "sleep apnea testers." "Sleep apnea tester" is just another term for a sleep apnea test kit. 

      Can I use my bite guard during my home sleep apnea study?

      Yes, using your bite guard will not affect the sleep study results. 

      I want my dentist to make me an oral appliance for snoring and sleep apnea. He says that I need a sleep apnea test before he'll make me one. Is your test approved for this?

      Yes, the home sleep apnea test device that we use is appropriate to determine if you have sleep apnea and, if so, whether you are a good candidate for an oral appliance for sleep apnea

      I use an oral appliance for sleep apnea and want to know whether it's treating my sleep apnea effectively. Can I use a home sleep test with the oral appliance in my mouth while I sleep?

      Yes, having a home sleep apnea test while using your oral appliance for sleep apnea will let you know how well the device is working to treat your sleep apnea. 

      Can I do your home sleep test with my CPAP machine to see how well it's working?

      If you have a Philips Respironics CPAP machine, then it will be easy to do a "home titration sleep study" to check on the efficacy of your CPAP machine. If you have another brand of CPAP machine, then it is not ideal to do a home sleep test to check the machine's effectiveness. 

      I use Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy. Can I do an at home sleep apnea test with the Provent to see how well the Provent is treating my sleep apnea?

      Yes! We now have special sensors that will work with our home sleep testing system that allow us to assess how effective the Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy is treating your sleep apnea. You would need to make a note of this on your sleep test order so that our team knows to include the special equipment with your test.

      Can I use the results of the sleep apnea test study to get a "travel CPAP machine?"

      Absolutely, if your goal is to get a portable miniCPAP machine, you can use our sleep apnea testing solution. 

      I have another question that I don't see on this list. Where can I get an answer to my sleep apnea test question?

      You might find an answer to your question in this article about the most frequently asked home sleep study test questions. If not, do not hesitate to call us at (844) SLP-WELL (757-9355). 

      Do I need to have a consultation with your sleep apnea doctor before ordering a home sleep apnea test kit?

      No, you do not have to have a consultation with our sleep apnea doctor before ordering the at home sleep study kit.