Home Sleep Study - Gwinnett Sleep

What is a home sleep study?

A home sleep study mirrors a conventional sleep study but is conducted in the patient’s home without the presence of doctors.

Understanding At-Home Sleep Studies

An at-home sleep study, also known as home sleep apnea testing (HSAT), is a diagnostic procedure that allows patients to monitor their sleep patterns and breathing during the night while sleeping in their own beds. The study typically involves wearing a portable monitoring device that records key parameters such as airflow, oxygen levels, respiratory effort, and heart rate. These measurements provide valuable information about the presence and severity of sleep-disordered breathing, including episodes of apnea and hypopnea, which are characteristic of conditions like obstructive sleep apnea.

A home sleep test is specialized in diagnosing sleep apnea, whereas an in-lab test will give a more comprehensive picture of other chronic sleep conditions.

Advantages of At-Home Sleep Studies

At-home sleep studies offer several advantages over traditional in-laboratory sleep studies, including greater convenience, comfort, and cost-effectiveness. Patients can undergo testing in familiar surroundings, which may lead to more natural sleep patterns and accurate assessments of their sleep-related symptoms. Additionally, at-home sleep studies may be more accessible for individuals with mobility issues or transportation challenges, allowing them to receive timely diagnosis and treatment for sleep disorders.

How Do You Get an At-Home Sleep Study?

This type of study must be prescribed to a patient by a primary care or sleep physician. At Gwinnett Sleep, we make sure to offer the patient a tutorial on how to conduct the study at home, including how to attach the necessary equipment.

How long does a home sleep study take?

The whole testing process can take 1-3 nights. After this, the results will be interpreted by a certified sleep physician, and they will be able to provide a diagnosis.

How much does a home sleep study cost?

The average cost for the test is typically around $1,000 to $2,000 per night, but insurance, including Medicare, may cover the majority of these expenses.



At-Home Sleep Study Step-by-Step

Consultation: Patients meet with a sleep specialist to discuss their symptoms, medical history, and sleep habits. The sleep specialist determines whether an at-home sleep study is appropriate based on the patient’s individual needs and clinical presentation.


Device Setup: Patients receive instruction on how to set up and use the portable monitoring device for the at-home sleep study. The device is typically worn around the chest or abdomen and may include sensors for measuring airflow, oxygen saturation, and respiratory effort.


Monitoring: Patients wear the monitoring device while sleeping in their own bed. The device records data throughout the night, including breathing patterns, oxygen levels, and heart rate.


Data Analysis: After the sleep study is completed, the recorded data is analyzed by a sleep technologist or specialist. The analysis includes evaluating breathing patterns, identifying episodes of apnea and hypopnea, and assessing overall sleep quality.


Diagnosis and Treatment: Based on the results of the at-home sleep study, the sleep specialist makes a diagnosis and develops a personalized treatment plan. Treatment options may include lifestyle modifications, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliances, or surgical interventions, depending on the severity and underlying cause of the sleep disorder.

Who Might Benefit from At-Home Sleep Studies

At-home sleep studies are particularly beneficial for patients who:


  • Have symptoms suggestive of obstructive sleep apnea, such as loud snoring, daytime fatigue, and morning headaches.
  • Prefer the convenience and comfort of undergoing testing at home rather than in a sleep laboratory.
  • Have mobility issues or transportation challenges that make it difficult to travel to a sleep center for testing.
  • Require timely diagnosis and treatment for sleep-related breathing disorders to improve overall health and quality of life.

Respironics: Leading Technology for At-Home Sleep Studies

At Gwinnett Sleep, we use Respironics devices for our at-home sleep studies, ensuring accurate and reliable monitoring of sleep-related parameters. Respironics is a leading manufacturer of sleep diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, known for its innovative technology and user-friendly design. We provide patients with the highest standard of care and ensure optimal outcomes in the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders.

Schedule an Appointment with a Sleep Specialist

As experts in sleep health, we are dedicated to enhancing your sleep quality and overall well-being. At Gwinnett Sleep, we are committed to exceeding your expectations. Our team of physicians and staff diligently strive to integrate cutting-edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches tailored to your specific requirements, ensuring your utmost benefit. You can feel good knowing you’re in good hands. To schedule your consultation appointment, contact us today.