Sleep Apnea Test
A home sleep apnea test is a sleep study tool that is used for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. It allows you to sleep at home wearing portable equipment that collects information about how you breathe during your sleep. The basics include placing a belt around your mid-section (which is linked to the monitor by a wire), attaching a clip to your finger, putting an airflow sensor under your nose, and turning on the monitor. The test measures oxygen saturation, heart rate, airflow, and movements in your chest and abdomen. It also records time spent snoring and your sleep positions.
On the day of the test, try to follow a regular routine, avoid napping, and cut out caffeine after lunch.
If you have moderate to severe sleep apnea, you might benefit from using a machine that delivers air pressure through a mask while you sleep. With a CPAP machine, the air pressure keeps the upper respiratory passages open, preventing apnea and snoring. You might need to try on more than one type of mask to find one that’s comfortable. Check with your doctor to see what changes can be made to increase your comfort. Other airway pressure devices are also available and may be better options for certain individuals depending on the specifics of their condition.