If you have trouble sleeping, home sleep testing can pinpoint the underlying cause and determine the best type of treatment. At NY Metro Sleep in the Bronx, New York, double-board-certified sleep medicine specialist Rajendra M. Rampersaud, MD, and his team offer home sleep testing to people of all ages. Call the New York City-based off to request home sleep testing today or book online.
A home sleep test is an overnight sleep study conducted from the comfort of your bedroom. It’s a quick and affordable way to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep.
Home sleep testing involves several pieces of equipment, including:
The breathing sensor fits comfortably inside your nostrils and tracks your respiratory rate. If you stop breathing during sleep, the sensor records that information.
The effort belt wraps around your chest or abdomen and measures the muscle movements associated with breathing. The information collected by this device helps your provider determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or central sleep apnea.
A pulse oximeter is a small clip attached to one of your fingers. It measures the amount of oxygen in your blood at a given time.
The microphone records your breathing patterns during sleep. It picks up abnormal sounds, such as gasping or snoring.
The data collection device records the information from all of the other components. After your home sleep study, you return the data collection device to NY Metro Sleep. The team reviews your results and develops a custom treatment plan.
Home sleep testing is a quick and hassle-free process that takes one night. If the NY Metro Sleep team determines you can benefit, they provide you with a home sleep test kit.
On the day of your test, keep your regular schedule, but avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine. If you take medications or supplements to help you fall asleep, let the team know. They might ask you not to take them the night of your test.
Follow the instructions that the team provides before getting into bed. In addition, test the pulse oximeter, effort belt, and nasal cannula before lying down to ensure everything goes smoothly.
When you wake up the next morning, gather all the equipment and return it to NY Metro Sleep. Your provider reviews the results of your sleep test and schedules a follow-up consultation for several days later.
Call NY Metro Sleep to learn more about the benefits of home sleep testing or book online today.