Benefits of Home Sleep Test (HST)
Home Sleep Test (HST) is typically preferred by patients over in-lab studies.
- They appreciate being able to sleep in their own bed with no one watching them
- Convenience of not having to schedule an appointment with a sleep lab. There are no long drives to a sleep lab, and no waiting for an appointment.
- Cost is also a very big concern for patients, particularly those with high co-pays and deductibles. The full cost of an HST is typically 4-5 times less than PSG tests in the lab.
The AASM (American Association of Sleep Medicine) criteria for HST
- You are between 18 and 65 years of age. Home sleep tests are not recommended for children or older adults.
- You have a high risk of moderate-to-severe sleep apnea. Your risk for sleep apnea can only be determined by a complete sleep evaluation. Key risk factors include loud and frequent, daytime sleepiness, obesity, and witnessed pauses in breathing during sleep.
- You have no other major medical problems. Other medical problems can affect the results of a home sleep test, including lung disease, neuromuscular disease, and congestive heart failure.
- You have no other sleep disorders. Other sleep disorders also can affect the results of a home sleep test. During your evaluation the sleep specialist will determine if you show signs of having another sleep disorder. Examples include central sleep apnea, periodic limb movements, insomnia, parasomnias, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, and narcolepsy.
- Health or safety concerns prevent you from being able to leave home for a night.
- Evaluate your response to some sleep apnea treatments, including oral appliances, surgery or weight loss.
All of our patients are evaluated by Board Certified Sleep Specialist, Naras Bhat, MD to determine the need for all night polysomnogram Vs Home sleep test. Several insurance companies require Home Sleep Test if the AASM criteria are met.