An estimated 10 million people suffering from sleep apnea remain undiagnosed, increasing the need for home sleep tests (HST). When a patient first receives a unit like DreamClear™, they will need to learn how to properly perform tests at home. Basic knowledge about how to use the unit will help ease the transition from in-lab testing to at-home testing.
HST units also include various functions, making it possible to track a number of different activities and movements. Here we will cover how to use the device, perform a test, and provide more information about its functions.
Use a Home Sleep Test Device
An HST device is used at home to conduct a home sleep test and diagnose common sleep disorders like sleep apnea. It is very similar to an in-lab test in the way that it records the same data using sensors at different points. Home sleep tests record eye movement, body position, heart rate, oxygen levels, brain activity and air flow.
Additionally, home sleep testing is an excellent alternative to in-lab testing adding a level of convenience and comfort. The DreamClear™ unit is sent directly to the patient’s home along with a return label and package. Disposable sensors help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Perform a Home Sleep Test
Once a patient is prescribed an at-home sleep test, they will need to know how to operate the device correctly in order to successfully take the test. Thoroughly reviewing all instructional material is necessary to understand the setup and testing procedures. Patients under observation should follow a daily routine, eliminate caffeine, and avoid taking naps.
To conduct a home sleep test, turn on the device and pair it with the app. Videos within the app demonstrate how to connect the sensors. For accurate results, get at least six hours of continuous sleep and complete the test in the morning through the app. Remove and dispose of all sensors after completion.
Functions of an HST Unit
Home sleep tests enable patients to diagnose sleep disorders and learn more about sleep patterns without visiting a lab. HST units, like DreamClear™, have several functions that track sensory activities and offer simple methods of tracking results. DreamClear™ records and analyzes the following:
- Electroencephalogram (EEG) – brain activity (attach to the scalp)
- Electrooculography (EOG) – eye movements (apply just outside of eyes)
- Electromyography (EMG) – muscle movements (applied to legs and chin)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) – heart rate and rhythm (chest belt wrapped around the body at chest level)
- Nasal cannula – air flow (placed in the nose and around the ears)
- Chest belt – respiratory movement (around chest)
- Pulse oximetry – effort and oxygen saturation (most commonly placed on finger but could also be placed on earlobe or toe)
Partner with DreamClear™ for Home Sleep Testing
Despite limiting physician and patient interactions, home sleep tests have significant benefits. Using a HST unit, performing a test, and understanding a diagnosis are all things that can be done from the comfort of the patient’s home. Given that the DreamClear™ unit works with a mobile app, patients can retrieve results in as early as seven days.
DreamClear™ is a cutting-edge home sleep test unit with a streamlined process for receiving the sleep device, testing overnight, and receiving a diagnosis. To learn more about DreamClear™, schedule a demo with a member of our team today.