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Home Sleep Testing is used for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As the name suggests, an at-home sleep apnea test is done right in the comfort of your home. 

 

Most home sleep test devices are portable—about the size of a telephone handset. There are a variety of devices you use to properly complete the test. Equipment can be accessed through a sleep specialist, primary care provider, or independent, for-profit companies.

 

When you take an at-home sleep apnea test or home sleep test, there are specific biological parameters that are measured to gain insight on whether you have obstructive sleep apnea. Here are the factors measured and the devices that help collect the data:

  • Nasal and oral airflow: A nasal cannula, similar to a nasal oxygen cannula, is placed in your nose to monitor your airflow throughout the night

  • Respiratory effort: With elastic belt bands placed across your chest, data is collected on your respiratory effort

  • Oxygen levels: A small, clip-like device called an oximeter finger probe attaches to your fingertip and emits a red light that assists in the evaluation of oxygen levels in your blood while sleeping

Meridian Sleep Services offers home sleep testing for $250.00, which will include the test and reading by a board certified sleep physician.

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