Frequently Asked Questions
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can lead to abrupt reductions in your blood oxygen saturation. Your brain responds to this lack of oxygen by causing you to briefly awaken from sleep so that normal breathing can resume. This pattern can occur frequently throughout the night and you will most likely be unaware that it is happening. The result is constantly disrupted sleep that may leave you feeling tired and irritable throughout the day. Untreated OSA increases the risk of hypertension, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, weight gain and depression.
An HST is a type of diagnostic test which is self-administered by the patient in his/her home, making it a convenient option for diagnosing or ruling out Sleep Apnea. An AssureSleep Home Sleep Test records breathing effort, heart rate, oxygen saturation, nasal flow and snoring. HSTs cannot be performed on children and cannot diagnose other sleep disorders such as restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder or narcolepsy.
If you or your sleep partner has noticed you snoring particularly loud or excessively, or you experience daytime sleepiness, you are a good candidate for sleep testing. If you frequently wake up with a headache, dry mouth or sore throat, experience occasional insomnia or find yourself waking up during sleep with a shortness of breath, these are also red flags that indicate you may have Sleep Apnea. If you have certain risk factors, including obesity, a family history of sleep apnea, a large neck circumference, enlarged tonsils and/or tongue, hypertension, diabetes, or asthma, you’re a good candidate to get tested. There are some individuals who are not candidates for home testing. If you have COPD, congestive heart failure, neuromuscular or neurodegenerative diseases, narcolepsy, or REM behavior disorder, you are not a good candidate for home sleep testing but should speak with your doctor about an in-lab sleep test.
Yes. A prescription for the Home Sleep Test will be provided and sent to AssureSleep after your telemedicine consult with one of our Sleep Specialists and is included in the price of the test when purchased from AssureSleep.
You will review your sleep history, discuss sleep apnea, review therapy options in the event you have sleep apnea and answer any questions you may have.
Multiple validation studies have demonstrated a high degree of correlation in RDI (Respiratory Disturbance Index) and AHI (Apnea-Hypopnea Index) between the Night Owl device and polysomnography (PSG) sleep studies. Moreover, the RDI and AHI scores are highly reproducible, showing correlation between at-home and in-laboratory sleep studies.