HOME SLEEP TEST
An HST is a sleep test that is performed at home. It’s designed to test patients without co-morbidities (I.E. Without neurologic, cardiac, or significant pulmonary disorders) who are considered to be moderate to high risk for sleep apnea.
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Home Sleep Tests are sleep tests that are taken from the comfort of one’s own home. For a home sleep test, the user usually comes into the sleep clinic the day of the test to pick up his HST and is given a demonstration on how to use the machine properly before taking the equipment home.
HOME SLEEP TEST... WHAT IS IT?
Home sleep tests are primarily used to diagnose patients with obstructive sleep apnea. A sleep physician will recommend a HST only if it is believed that the patient has a very likely chance that they have moderate to severe sleep apnea.
HST’s are not recommended for patients who may have other sleep disorder comorbidities, or who have certain medical conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and neuromuscular disease.
Home sleep tests are by far the most affordable at about 1/4 the cost of an in-lab sleep study. For this reason, many insurance companies require a HST as a first-line diagnostics tool. With proper screening, up to 75% of patients suspected of having moderate to severe sleep apnea will only need to have a HST performed to get their diagnosis.
An HST cannot be used to test children and other sleep related complaints such as excessive daytime sleepiness without snoring, frequent nocturnal awakening, restless leg syndrome (RLS), periodic limb movements (PLM), and parasomnia.