How Do Home Sleep Apnea Tests Work?
While some sleep apnea treatments require patients to spend the night in a sleep lab for observation, Dr. Lawrence offers an in-home alternative that allows him to determine the cause of a patient’s potential sleep disorder.
WatchPAT is the only FDA-approved device that measures True Sleep Time (rather than the total device recording time) and all sleep stages (awake, light sleep, deep sleep, and REM sleep) with up to 90 percent correlation to an overnight test conducted in a sleep lab.
How Do I Use WatchPAT?
The WatchPAT home sleep test device is easy to use. These are the steps you’ll follow to set up the device:
- Attach the chest sensor.
- Strap on the WatchPAT home sleep apnea test bracelet to your non-dominate hand.
- Slip on the finger probe.
Here’s a video on how to set up the device.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is home sleep apnea tests accurate?
Home sleep apnea tests have been proven accurate in diagnosing sleep apnea. These tests utilize advanced technology and sensors to monitor your breathing patterns, oxygen levels, and heart rate. While the accuracy may vary slightly compared to in-lab sleep studies, home sleep apnea tests provide reliable results that can guide your treatment plan effectively.
What should I do on the day of my sleep study?
On the day of your sleep study, it's essential to follow a few guidelines to ensure accurate results. Here are some instructions provided by healthcare providers:
- Avoid consuming caffeine or stimulants in the afternoon and evening.
- Refrain from naps throughout the day to ensure you're sufficiently tired for the test.
- Follow your usual bedtime routine and try to relax before sleep.
- Adhere to any specific instructions your healthcare provider gives regarding medications or sleep aids.
By following these guidelines, you can maximize the effectiveness of the sleep study and obtain reliable data for diagnosis.
Is a home sleep test uncomfortable or painful?
No, a home sleep test is generally not uncomfortable or painful. The test involves wearing small sensors and straps that are minimally intrusive during sleep. The equipment is lightweight and portable and allows you to move and sleep naturally. If you have any concerns or experience discomfort during the test, you should contact your healthcare provider for assistance.
What if I wake up during the night?
It’s common to experience some level of wakefulness during the night, even during a sleep test. If you happen to wake up during the test, try not to worry. Simply resume your sleep as naturally as possible. The medical professionals analyzing the data will take these factors into account and still be able to evaluate your sleep patterns accurately.
Schedule Your Home Test with Dr. Lawrence
Home sleep apnea tests offer a convenient and reliable method for diagnosing sleep disorders, particularly sleep apnea. By conducting the test in the comfort of your bed, you can save time, reduce costs, and achieve accurate results.
Taking control of your sleep health through home sleep apnea tests empowers you to make informed decisions about your well-being. Call our McKinney, TX, office at (972) 542-9129 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from Fairview, Allen, and Roland.