Home sleep study
Home sleep study patient forms
The home sleep study allows an individual to sleep in the convenience of their home utilizing a wireless portable device that monitors the individuals’ sleep. There are many advantages or benefits to a home sleep study; convenience, less-costly, done in the comfort of the individual’s home and can be worn in all sleep positions.
Once the home sleep is completed, the sleep data recorded is reviewed by a sleep specialist physician who will provide a recommended treatment. The home sleep study device provides the physician a review of breathing during sleep and gathers additional physiological data that together with other clinical history and physical data allows the physician to diagnose the individuals’ sleep apnea or condition.
On the day of your home sleep test
- Pick up your home sleep study device (Unicorder).
- Sleep in your normal sleeping attire and plan to go to bed at your normal bedtime.
- Remain awake the day of the study.
- Do NOT drink alcoholic beverages or beverages with caffeine (coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc.) the day of the study.
- If you take prescription medications, follow your normal schedule of taking your medications.
- Follow the directions for putting on the home sleep study device provided by Community’s Sleep/Wake Services.
What to expect
- Once the home sleep study device is applied, complete the ARES Questionnaire provided by Community Sleep/Wake Services.
- Turn off all electronic devices such as TV, radio, room fan that could interfere with microphone.
- Switch the Unicorder ON. After 10 seconds an audio alert will sound indicating the unit is started.
- You can sleep until morning.
- In the morning, check the green light on the front. If it is ON, switch the Unicorder OFF. If the green light is already off, you do not need to turn it OFF, it automatically shut off earlier.
- Place the home sleep study device back into the container supplied and return to the sleep/wake center where you picked up the device.
- Your test results will be reviewed by a neurologist or pulmonologist. The results will be sent to the physician who referred you to the center.
Sleep test results
The results will be sent to the referring physician approximately two weeks after the test.
Note: When you receive your billing for these tests, you will receive two statements. The hospital bill includes charges for technicians, equipment and supplies. The physician bill includes charges for the supervision and interpretation of the test results.
Most insurance companies cover sleep disorder testing under the Outpatient Diagnostic Testing portion of their policy. Please call your insurance company regarding your personal coverage.