3 Aug 2017

Sleep tests at home: all you need to know

If you are having trouble sleeping, suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness, or snoring heavily, it may be time to get a sleep test. These tests can help you and your Doctor identify any potential issues you may be experiencing and help you to seek the correct treatment  to help you get better sleep.

How Does a Sleep Test Help?

Quality sleep is important for our health and well-being, so it’s something you want to take seriously. A Home Sleep Test is a simple and accurate way to check whether you are experiencing issues with your breathing during your sleep. ResSleep offers a Home Sleep Test (HST) that you can do from the convenience of your own home, which helps most people feel more comfortable and sleep in a more natural way.

A home sleep test is a very accessible way of diagnosing sleep problems, enabling you to seek treatment for sleep disorders. However, it is not suitable for the diagnosis of all sleep issues.

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How Do You Organise a Sleep Test?

Start by talking to your GP about your symptoms and about taking a sleep test. They can provide you with the initial information you need,  and provide you with a referral to ResSleep so that you can organise a Home Sleep Test at your convenience.

What Is the Purpose of These Tests?

Sleep tests, also known as polysomnograms, provide an accurate way to better understand how you sleep at night, and can help diagnose sleep disorders including sleep apnoea. The ResSleep Home Sleep Test gives a very accurate picture of your breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate and body position throughout the test night.

What Happens During a Home Sleep Test (HST)?

Before a home sleep study night, a sleep clinician will show you how to apply the sensors and monitors, and how to use the recording device during the night.

On the night you’ve chosen to have  your home sleep test, you should follow your normal evening routine, prepare for sleep, attach the sleep test equipment as you’ve been shown and start the recording. This equipment includes a chest belt, nasal cannula, oximeter and recording device to capture your results.

Tips to Prepare for the Night of the Test

The most accurate test results will come from allowing the HST to assess you under normal sleeping conditions. This means treating your ‘test night’ just like any other average night, including your normal turn down and wake up times, your usual bed and room conditions, and so on.

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to avoid caffeine and naps during the day of your study, as these may interfere with your ability to sleep. In addition, avoid excessive alcohol, or eating a large meal before bed, so that the sleep test is assessing your normal sleep patterns. If you regularly take medications to help you sleep then you should do this on the test night.

What Happens After?

In the morning, you simply remove everything and return the recording device to ResSleep. When the results come back, you and your Doctor will discuss them together and explore options to better improve your sleep.

Find Out More About ResSleep’s Home Sleep Test

If you are experiencing issues with your sleep and would like to know more about a Home Sleep Test, talk to us today. One of our friendly sleep therapists can answer any questions you may have and talk you through you any steps that you need to take. So take the next step and contact us today to find out more about a Home Sleep Test and arrange a consultation.