Home Sleep Testing Specialist

Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders

Sleep Specialist & Ear Nose and Throat Specialist located in Goshen and South Bend, IN

If you suspect you have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders in Goshen and South Bend, Indiana, provides home sleep testing. The tests are an easy, effective alternative to sleep lab testing. The practice also performs sleep tests for the Department of Transportation (DOT)/commercial license testing with custody assurance. Call today for your home sleep test or appointment with Doug Liepert, MD, a double board-certified sleep medicine specialist.

Home Sleep Testing Q & A

What is home sleep testing?

Home sleep testing is used to diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. The test is also called a polysomnography or a sleep study.

Home sleep testing uses a mask and individual sensors to evaluate your breathing as you sleep. At-home sleep tests are an accurate, cost-effective method to determine whether you have a sleep problem.

Historically, sleep studies were conducted in a sleep lab. You’d go to a sleep center and stay overnight for testing. Today, thanks to technological advancements, you can take a sleep test in the comfort of your home.

Who should take a home sleep test?

If your partner has complained that you snore or gasp while you’re sleeping, you might need a home sleep test to evaluate the reason for your troubled breathing. Other signs you might benefit from a sleep test include:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Napping
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Feeling tired after a night of sleep

Your Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders provider also might suggest a sleep test if you’re overweight or obese as those conditions are linked to sleep disturbances. 

What happens during a home sleep test?

A team member at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders walks you through how to operate the testing device. That night, you go to bed at your usual bedtime. Before turning off the lights, you attach a small probe that measures oxygen level over your finger and place sensors on your chest and abdomen to measure your breathing.  

You wear a mask with tubes that's similar to an oxygen mask. It's secured in place with a strap that goes around your head.

In the morning, you remove the mask and sensors and return the device back to the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders. Your provider reviews your test results and suggests a treatment plan that’s best for you. If your test is related to work or Department of Transportation (DOT) licensing, they provide the results with custody assurance.

Do home sleep tests diagnose all sleep disorders?

Home sleep tests are usually recommended to diagnose sleep apnea. The sleep test doesn’t diagnose every sleep issue because not all sleep disorders are caused by breathing problems. 

For example, movement disorders, such as restless leg syndrome, or narcolepsy — a neurological disorder that affects your normal sleep-wake cycle — are not due to problems with your breathing. The experienced team at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders works with you to identify the cause of your sleep disturbance.

For a convenient, effective alternative to a sleep study in a lab, consider an at-home sleep study. Call the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders to book a consultation for your home sleep testing.