A timely diagnosis will help prevent complications of sleep apnea. Your doctor may do a test with equipment you can use at home or suggest you attend a sleep laboratory.
Make an appointment to see your GP or physician who can assess your symptoms and refer you for an in-lab or home sleep test.
If your symptoms clearly point to sleep apnea, your doctor may request a home sleep test. A VitalAire Sleep Consultant will discuss your relevant medical history face-to-face with you and explain sleep apnea in more depth. You will be given some test equipment to wear while you sleep.
An independent sleep disorder healthcare specialist will review your test results to provide a diagnosis, treatment and further management recommendations.
Your doctor may refer you for an in-lab sleep test if other factors need consideration, such as unclear symptoms or a lack of home testing kits. The sleep laboratory test is performed at night during your usual hours of repose, although shift-workers can request a day-time test.
In addition to information recorded by machines, a qualified Sleep Technician will supervise the test and make separate notes.
While some may find wearing diagnostic equipment to bed a little strange at first, most patients find the testing process quite comfortable and manage to fall asleep normally.