Is there a way to perform a sleep study at home if you have sleep apnea?

This question was asked in Ballardsville, Mississippi on 06/21/2012.
I am 99% sure I have sleep apnea. I was wondering about a home sleep study. How do I go about getting a home sleep study. I have no insurance so I need to avoid the high priced sleep study at a sleep center.

Doctors Answers (3)

Syed Nabi, M.D.
Answered on: 6/22/2012

You can call and check around in your city. Most labs offer a home sleep study. Some time they can be a cheaper option, but doesn't gurantee quality. Also home sleep study should be evaluated in conjunction with a sleep doctor evaluation otherwise it may over diagnose or underdiagnose sleep apnea.

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 6/22/2012

ID 36966 Yes, a home sleep study is an option if cost is a strong consideration. You should be studied for multiple nights 2-3 on average and your study read by a sleep specialist who could then recommend treatment. You could then possible rent the CPAP equipment or get fitted for an oral appliance if applicable.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 6/22/2012

Yes, you can undergo a home sleep study. These studies are reasonably good for diagnosing sleep apnea. Some of the home study machines are not so good to detect other sleep disorders such as abnormal leg movements and sleep staging. Any physician can contact a sleep lab which performs home sleep studies and order the test for you. There may be an interpretation fee but the overall cost is much less than an attended sleep study. After the diagnosis of sleep apnea is made with the home test it is often advised to undergo an attended sleep study in the sleep lab to determine the pressure needed on a CPAP machine. CPAP is the "gold standard" for treating sleep apnea. CPAP=continuous positive airway pressure.