Overcoming 3 Challenges of Home Sleep Testing
Despite numerous benefits, there are a few challenges with home sleep testing. HST monitors several components but does not track actual sleep. It is primarily useful in testing for sleep apnea but is not as effective for dealing with more severe sleep-related issues. Additionally, HST devices only function properly if patients use the equipment correctly. Fortunately, these challenges are outweighed by the benefits in most cases and can be easily overcome.
Tracks Breathing, Not Actual Sleep
The full evaluation allows doctors to determine whether a patient has sleep apnea, but more serious conditions will require in-lab testing. Given that one cannot truly measure sleep, using breathing patterns and studying other movements enables medical professionals to correctly diagnose a patient’s sleep issues.
Primarily Tests for Sleep Apnea
If a patient has taken a HST and the results come back negative for sleep apnea, lifestyle changes can help correct sleeping issues. Exercise, healthy eating, and eliminating tobacco all help improve sleep. If these steps are taken and sleep still does not improve, patients are strongly advised to schedule an in-person appointment.
Incorrectly Placed Sensors
Incorrectly placed sensors may cause an inaccurate diagnosis, requiring the patient to take the HST again. Mobile apps, like DreamClear, confirm the sensors are placed properly to ensure the test runs smoothly. The app will alert users if a sensor is positioned incorrectly. Once all sensors are in place, the patient is ready to begin the HST.
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