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Unattended Home Sleep Testing (HST)

What is Unattended Home Sleep Testing (HST)?

Evaluating your sleeping habits has never been more convenient. Many physicians and health plans prefer this option to in-lab sleep studies because they are more convenient for patients are typically less expensive than sleep studies conducted in a sleep center or hospital.

Home, or unattended sleep studies are used exclusively to diagnose or rule out obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Because of this, they will only be recommended by a doctor if it is highly likely that the patient has moderate to severe sleep apnea, and if the patient has no other significant medical issues such as pulmonary diseases, neuromuscular disease or congestive heart failure. Home sleep studies cannot be performed on children and cannot diagnose any other sleep disorders such as restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder or narcolepsy.

The process of completing an unattended sleep study begins by picking up a device at the sleep clinic. There, the sleep technologist will instruct you on how to use the equipment in the kit. Some sleep centers may offer to deliver or mail the device to your home.

There are several different manufacturers of home sleep testing equipment. Watermark Medical is the first and only automated end-to-end service for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep breathing disorders through a home sleep testing web-based portal. http://www.watermarkmedical.com/

Home sleep testing device consists of sensors that record information about breathing, heart rate, breathing effort and airflow while you sleep. You may be asked to use the device for one, two or three nights. While wearing the device, you can move around in bed and even get up to use the restroom. In the morning, you will remove the sensors and return the sleep equipment to the sleep center where the physician will read and analyze the information collected.

Quick, easy and painless ways to assess your risk for a sleep disorder. Complete this short questionnaires on this link . If you would like you can forward your completed form(s) to us for a professional evaluation.

To assess your risk for Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), click here

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