Home sleep studies
Home sleep studies are a simplified version of an overnight, attended sleep study that focuses on nocturnal breathing. Home sleep studies are only used to diagnose or rule out obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Because the emphasis is on breathing, it's possible to use fewer sensors. The benefits of this type of study are that the patient self-administers the home sleep test, and is able to spend the night in the patient’s own bed and in familiar surroundings. Not all patients are good candidates for a home test, however, and not all insurance carriers will cover the cost of the study. If you need a sleep study, your doctor will make a recommendation based on your specific situation whether you should have your test done in the lab or at home.