OSA or Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea and is characterized by what causes the stop or pause on breathing, in this case, a muscle may be blocking the air path. It shows repeated episodes of complete or partial obstructions of the upper airway during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation.
If you are having trouble sleeping and you are experiencing symptoms of any sleeping disorder or sleep apnea; being one of the most common, your doctor might first subject you to have a Polysomnography or a home sleep apnea testing.
Polysomnography is the in lab testing, if you are not suggested for an in-lab sleep testing may that is because the doctor wants to observe you within your familiar situation and sleeping place not in the medical lab since that will add another variation to the test.
A home sleep apnea testing will be suggested, this allows you to sleep at home wearing equipment that collects information about how you breathe during sleep. You will usually set up the testing equipment yourself. You will be given a home sleep apnea testing devices so it can detect the following:
This home sleep apnea testing is only used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. These are the following might be the cause of why you will be advised to do it:
You should not have a home sleep apnea test if:
In case you will be needing a complete test to further check the complete factors and senses to be able to diagnose you well, you might be advised for in-lab testing it will monitor your:
After the test was done at home you may be asked to fill out a morning questionnaire that asks about the quality of your sleep and your experience while doing the home sleep apnea test