Have you been to a sleep specialist and found out that you need to undergo a sleep apnea test? If yes, and you are keen to go for an HSAT (Home Sleep Apnea Test), you may have some queries on how to take the test and what kind of results can you expect. We asked the board-certified sleep specialists and they have answered the frequently asked questions on HSAT right here for you –
Question 1: What does an HSAT do and how is it useful?
Answer 1: A HSAT is a test that will collect the data regarding your sleep pattern on the day you take it. It is also very convenient as you can take it right in your home.
Question 2: What should you do before taking the test?
Answer 2: Ensure that you follow your regular pattern of work, diet and sleeping. But avoid taking caffeine in the afternoon and alcohol in the evening.
Question 3: Can you take your regular medicines?
Answer 3: It is best to check with your sleep physician if you can avoid the medicine you take regularly on the day of taking the test.
Question 4: How will you get your home sleep study equipment?
Answer 4: You may have to either go to the sleep clinic to get the kit or get it delivered to your home. Also, ensure you get all the instructions to use from them in advance.
Question 5: What should you do before going to sleep?
Answer 5: When you go to sleep at your regular time, attach the sensors to your body as per the instructions. You may need to keep a sleep log or you can press a button that is there on the machine before going to sleep.
Question 6: What should you do in the morning after waking up?
Answer 6: Once you get up in the morning, simply remove the sensors and take the home sleep study equipment back to the sleep clinic or send it by mail for the test results.
Question 7: When will you get your test results?
Answer 7: The test results can take from a few days to weeks. In case there is a further need to verify the results, or if the HSAT was unable to record enough data for the diagnosis, your physician may ask you to come in for an in-lab sleep study.
If your sleep disorder is accurately diagnosed as obstructive sleep apnea, your sleep physician will let you know the next course of treatment and a recovery plan.