Frequently Asked Questions
Are home sleep tests accurate?
Yes! The WatchPAT home sleep test is an incredibly accurate and effective way to diagnose sleep disorders from the comfort of your own home. The device measures a number of factors, such as blood oxygen saturation, breathing patterns, and more. Once you’ve completed your sleep test, the data is sent to a board certified Sleep Medicine physician for a precise diagnosis.
What should I do on the day of my sleep study?
On the day of your at-home sleep study, you should:
- Try to follow your regular routine as much as possible
- Avoid napping
- Avoid using hair sprays or gels that can interfere with the sleep recording or shower prior to using the equipment
- Avoid caffeine after lunch
Following these recommendations will ensure we get enough data to analyze the results of your sleep study. Typically, three hours of continuous sleep is required for proper analysis. More than three hours of sleep will allow for more data to be collected and a more accurate analysis.
Is a home sleep test uncomfortable or painful?
At-home sleep tests are significantly more comfortable and convenient than an in-lab sleep study. 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdJ3fx5TlYw
What if I wake up during the night?
If you wake up in the middle of the night for any reason, such as to use the bathroom or get some water, leave the device on. It’s vital that you continue recording all night.
When you wake up after a night’s rest, that’s when you should turn off the device and place the equipment back into the case, with the exception of the nasal cannula which will be discarded. Return the WatchPAT device according to the instructions you were given.