Sleep Study at Home

This test assesses how long and how well you sleep.

This test assesses how long and how well you sleep.

A sleep study, also called a polysomnogram, is done to assess the quality of your sleep and determine if you have a sleep disorder. It can be done at home or in a sleep laboratory.

  • A sleep study done at home uses portable equipment. No technician is present.
  • A technician will be present if you have an overnight sleep study in a sleep laboratory.

This care path includes the cost for a sleep study done at home.

Common sleep disorders include:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (noisy, interrupted breathing while you sleep)
  • Narcolepsy (when a person cannot stop falling asleep for brief episodes during the day)
  • Periodic limb movement disorder (an urge to move your legs, especially at rest)

You may have a sleep disorder if you:

  • Have noisy, interrupted breathing while you sleep
  • Are an extremely restless sleeper
  • Are tired during the day despite having had an apparently normal night's sleep

A sleep study can be done at home or a sleep center. This care paths costs are for a sleep study performed at home. Your out of pocket costs may be significantly higher if your sleep study is performed in a sleep laboratory (an attended sleep study).

  • Many people can be safely and effectively tested at home. Lab-assisted sleep studies and portable sleep studies may use different equipment. Therefore, some people are more appropriate for one type of test than the other.
  • Prior to a sleep study, you should avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • At the time of the test, you will need to place small electrodes on your body. You will also place elastic straps around your chest and belly to monitor your breathing.
  • Ask your healthcare provider if you should take your normal medicines the day of the test. Do not stop taking your medicines unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having my sleep study?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? If your doctor refers you to a sleep laboratory, ask why testing cannot be done at home.


Also known as:

Sleep Study at Home
Sleep Study
Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea Test
Home Sleep Study
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