Sleep Apnea Test
How to test for sleep apnea
These are some of the worrisome symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA):
- Are you tired?
- Feeling sleepy during the day?
- Waking up during the night?
Taking steps towards reducing the risk of OSA is important as leaving sleep apnea untreated can lead to serious health implications such as:
- heart failure
- high blood pressure
Whilst other providers may recommend you to an overnight stay at a clinic or multiple nights at a hospital facility, we have made the sleep apnea diagnosis process easy, simple and affordable for you.
Watch our video for more information on sleep apnoea tests
Sleep Apnea Test Process – 3 Simple Steps
Step 1: Online Sleep Quiz
Online Sleep Apnea Quiz
Completing our sleep test online is free, easy, and could just save your life as untreated sleep apnoea can lead to critical health disorders.
If you think you might be experiencing poor sleep symptoms or if you are just curious, then our online quiz will calculate your sleep score, based on your provided answers.
By taking just a couple of minutes to answer a few simple questions about your sleeping habits, we can see if you might benefit from our effective overnight take home sleep apnoea test.
Step 2: Overnight Home Sleep Test
Note: We need a completed online quiz in order to process your home sleep test results. Please ensure you complete the online test first.
Overnight Home Sleep Testing Kit
After completing the online sleep quiz you will then need to take an overnight home sleep test. The most effective method of finding out whether you have sleep apnoea and to see if you need sleep therapy, is to take our overnight home sleep apnoea test.
How it works:
- Book the testing kit - $95
- We post the testing kit to you.
- Complete a nights sleep of 4 hours of more.
- Return the kit the next day using the included postage paid satchel.
- Wait 7-14 days for the results.
- We will call you to discuss your conclusive diagnosis.
Watch our video for a tutorial on the Alice NightOne home testing device
A home sleep apnea sleep study is more accessible and less expensive than a sleep study in a sleep centre or hospital. By taking this simple test, you will be able to understand your sleep health and seek quality treatment as quickly and early as possible. Taken within the comfort of your own surroundings, the testing device analyses your sleep, breathing patterns, and pauses in breathing. The results will be analysed by our sleep specialist partners, and will offer you a conclusive diagnosis on whether you have OSA.
Step 3: Diagnosis & Recommendations
After Your Sleep Study
One of our friendly sleep specialists will contact you after your results come back from the lab to explain and discuss your results. As this test is a conclusive diagnosis we will let you know if you have sleep apnoea and make some recommendations on therapy if needed.
The most common form of therapy for sleep apnea is to use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine for the duration of your sleep.
If your results show that you do need a CPAP machine, we will support you every step of the way. One of our CPAP professionals will help you to select the correct mask, machine and accessories to precisely suit your needs - leading to a much better quality of life!
Frequently Asked Questions
Sleep apnea occurs when the airways become blocked or collapses during the night. The most common cause of sleep apnea is excessive weight and obesity. However, other causes could be large tonsils, a small jaw, a large overbite or a large neck.
You can get tested for sleep apnea either through laboratory based sleep tests or home based sleep tests. If you choose to do the latter, at the convenience of your own home, a device attached to you while you sleep will monitor your breathing, oxygen levels and breathing effort.
Simply attach the sensors to your body as instructed and start the sleep test by pressing the central button when you are in bed. When you wake up in the morning, remove the sensors. The device may then be returned by mail or back to one of our clinics for an analysis.
Once you have completed a full nights sleep of 4 hours or more and have sent the testing kit back to us, please allow 7 - 14 days for the results to come back from the lab.
Within the report, the Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) and oxygen desaturation levels are the primary indicators of OSA. AHI is the number of apneas recorded during the study per hour of sleep whilst the latter measures reductions in blood oxygen levels. We will call you to explain and discuss your results once they come in.
The online sleep test is used as an indicator based on your answers to see if an overnight home sleep testing kit will be worthwhile.
The overnight home sleep testing kit will produce a conclusive diagnosis.