How to easily interpret home sleep test results (HST)

Home sleep apnea tests are increasingly a popular option. Usually to be diagnosed for sleep apnea, you need to spend a night in a sleep lab, away from home, connected to 27 different electrodes and wires. At-home sleep tests, on the other hand, have only three connection points, and you can take the test in your own home. The results are then transmitted to your doctor wirelessly the next day.

Sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus walks you through a typical report of a home sleep test, the measurements the test takes, and what he looks for when diagnosing patients.

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0:00 Why take a home sleep test
0:50 Total sleep time
1:20 Number of awakenings
1:50 Apnea, hypopnea, and respiratory disturbance
3:30 Oxygen saturation
4:10 Sleep position
5:00 Sleep stages
5:45 What is your next step?

😴 Michael Breus, Ph.D., is a double board-certified clinical psychologist and sleep expert. He's been in practice since 1999 and helped thousands of patients improve their sleep. Dr. Breus has written five books on sleep and conducted over 1,000 interviews to the press and public.

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