Why Do I Need a Sleep Test?
You can suffer from sleep apnea but be unaware of it, like many people. You may have typical symptoms of sleep apnea that prompts you to seek medical help, or you may be alerted to the problem by a friend or family member. The correct sleep disorder diagnosis is essential to find the correct treatment.
Your evaluation for sleep disorders starts with a detailed history of your symptoms and a physical examination. But an exam, medical history and symptom review are not enough for doctors to make the definitive diagnosis that will determine the best treatment to improve your sleep and overall quality of life. This is where a sleep study or sleep apnea test comes in.
Obstructive sleep apnea in adults is considered a sleep-related breathing disorder. 1 Home sleep apnea testing is designed to be a convenient way for your doctor to collect information about your sleep, identify breathing issues related to sleep apnea, and evaluate the severity of your condition. It combines an effective test for sleep apnea with convenience and comfort for the patient. You don’t have to travel to a sleep lab or spend the night away from home. A home test is also more cost effective and being covered more often by insurance. 2