Home Sleep Study
A Home Sleep Study device will collect and store information about your breathing while you sleep. The study is performed at home and is not attended by a sleep techinician. You will be instructed how to use the device when you arrive at our office.
How It Works & What to Expect
Why a sleep study?
- To identify Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
- The Home Sleep Study is only appropriate for patients who have a high probably of OSA.
- The Home Sleep Study should not be used on patients with pulmonary heart failure, cognitive impairment, dexterity or mobility impairment, neuromuscular disease.
- The Home Sleep Study is not appropriate for those under the age of 18.
Why do I need to see my doctor first?
The Eastern Iowa Sleep Center is an Independent Testing Facility (IDTF) that is governed by standards which only allow testing to be scheduled after receiving a referral from your physician or a sleep medicine physician. This allows for evaluation of your health to determine if a sleep study is right for you.
Before Your Home Sleep Study
- Complete all the Sleep Study Questionnaires sent to you online or mailed to you.
- Avoid napping and caffeine on the day of your study.
- Continue to take your normal daily medications, unless otherwise directed by your physician.
- Allow at least one finger to be void of special nail applications for the pulse oximeter to work properly.
- You may otherwise go about your normal daily routine.
What to Bring With You
- Photo identification.
- Insurance card(s) and co-pay.
- Completed registration forms and questionnaires.
- If you are performing your Home Sleep Study at our In-Lab for DOT purposes, please bring:
- Sleep medication prescribed per your doctor or over-the-counter.
- Current medication list and the prescription medications you take before bed in their original containers. If diabetic please bring any snack you need.
- Pajamas or top & bottom sleep clothes. Women may wear a bra underneath.
- Toothbrush & paste, soap, shampoo and any other toiletries you may need after the study and a change of clothes if needed.
After Your Home Sleep Study
- The device will need to be returned between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. the next day. The device will be downloaded and a Sleep Physician will complete your report.
Receiving Your Results
- A follow up visit is needed with the provider that referred you to EISC.
- If you do not have a follow up visit scheduled, please contact that provider’s office.
- We send a completed Report to your referring provider.
- If you have not heard from your provider within 10 business days, please let us know.
- Your referring provider will review the study with you for treatment options.
The treatment that is right for you depends on many different factors. You can discuss which treatment is best with your health care provider. Some of the options include:
Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): This device delivers a constant level of air pressure throughout the night. The level of pressure is determined by your health care provider.
- Automatic positive airway pressure (APAP): This device automatically raises or lowers the air pressure as needed throughout the night. The level of pressure is determined by your health care provider.
- Bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP): This device has two levels of pressure – a higher level when you breathe in, and a lower level when you breathe out. The level of pressure is determined by your health care provider.
- Losing weight
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding alcohol and sedatives
- Sleeping on your side or stomach
- Fit over the teeth and worn during sleep
- Reduction of throat tissue
- Removal of tonsils and adenoids
- Weight loss surgery
- Inspire implant device
How To Apply Your Home Sleep Test Equipment
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