Home Sleep Tests (HSTs) have burst onto the scene as an alternative to traditional sleep studies where the patient spends the night in a lab with a sleep tech conducting the study, but not everyone will fit the criteria for a HST. At the Alaska Sleep Clinic, our Sleep Specialists will look at your medical history, sleep habits and sleep issues to decide if a HST is best for you.
Additionally, some insurance companies require a HST before they will consider an "in lab" study and some companies will not approve HSTs under any circumstances and we can help you navigate those waters as well.
On average, a Home Sleep Test is about one-quarter the cost of an in-lab study.
You get to be in your own home and sleep in your own bed.
They are a good diagnostic tool for generally healthy people with uncomplicated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
If a sensor falls off, you may not know it, whereas the lab tech would be right in to reattach it. If a sensor is off for a good portion of the night, the study may need to be repeated.
HSTs are limited to sleep disordered breathing and are not appropriate for patients with other conditions such as, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and others that may necessitate more advanced monitoring.