At the Good Shepherd Sleep Center we offer various services. We are constantly growing and introducing new services to our providers. Currently we offer home sleep testing, in-lab sleep studies, we offer DME set-up’s for our patients and we also work with local companies to provide medical equipment to patients. Our new project is EEG services that we are expecting to launch in fall of 2016.

What is a home sleep test (HST)?

A home sleep study is a modified sleep study that is performed in your home with a portable monitor. HST is used only to look for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

What is the difference between a Home Sleep Test and a sleep test performed in a Sleep Lab?

A home sleep test is performed in your home versus at a sleep lab. The portable monitoring device measures oxygen saturation, heart rate, air flow and effort. It will also record snoring and position.

A sleep test that is performed in a sleep lab will measure the above, but will additionally measure brain waves, sleep time and leg movements.

Is an HST better than a sleep test performed at the sleep lab?

In patients with a high likelihood of moderate to severe sleep apnea, home sleep testing is comparable to tests performed in the sleep lab. However, HST tends to underestimate severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) compared to an in-laboratory sleep test, but it does detect the presence of OSA.

During and After the Home Sleep Test

How complicated is it to set up the equipment at home?

There are basically 4 simple steps. 1) Place a belt around your mid-section. 2) Attach a clip on your finger. 3) Apply an airflow sensor under your nose. 4) Turn the machine on.

The portable monitor is user-friendly and has been easy to use for our patients. You will be provided a sheet with step by step directions to assist you at home.

What happens after my sleep study?

A large amount of information is collected during your sleep study. A sleep specialist will analyze this information and a formal report with recommendations will be sent to your doctor.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a simple, self-administered questionnaire—widely used by sleep professionals in quantifying the level of daytime sleepiness.