Home Sleep Study
If you'd like to try a home sleep study test, talk to your doctor and ask for a referral or call 800-777-7775.
After the home sleep session is completed, a sleep specialist physician will review the recorded sleep data and provide treatment recommendations. In addition to breathing data, the home sleep study device gathers additional physiological data that, together with other clinical history and physical data, help the doctor diagnose sleep conditions.
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.