What is a Sleep Study Test?
A Sleep test is used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). While you sleep, you’ll wear some equipment to record your oxygen levels, breathing movements, heart rate and snoring.
Why have I been referred for a Sleep Test?
Your doctor has referred you for a Sleep Diagnostic Test because they have identified that at least three of the following statements are true for you:
- Someone may have witnessed you having an apnoea or choking while sleeping
- You may regularly snore loudly
- You may be regularly fatigued or sleepy
- You may have had Cardiac Failure
- You may have Atrial Fibrillation
- You may have Ischaemic Heart Disease
- You may have Hypertension
- You may have had a Stroke/TIA
- You may have Diabetes
- Your BMI may be greater than 30kg/m
What is Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) occurs when the muscles in the throat relax and cause an obstruction in the airway during sleep, which stops the person breathing (‘apnoea’).
What types of Sleep Tests are there?
In Australia there are three main types of Sleep Study Tests, known as Level I, Level II and Level III.
Level I Sleep Study Test – These tests are performed in a laboratory, a patient sleeps overnight in the laboratory and a technician monitors your sleep and performs an overnight polysomnography (PSG). The results are interpreted by a Sleep Scientist and Sleep Physician and conveyed to the patient and referring General Practitioner.
Level II Sleep Study Test – These Bulk-Billed tests can be performed in the comfort of your own home and in your own bed, the major difference is that you are not monitored overnight by a technician. The results are interpreted by a Sleep Scientist and Sleep Physician and conveyed to the patient and referring General Practitioner.
Level III Sleep Study Test – These are basic Sleep Study Tests that are not bulk-billed but can be performed at home, the major difference is that the results are NOT interpreted by a Sleep Scientist and Sleep Physician – they rely on software making a correct prediction.
What Sleep Test Study Test does Rise Sleep Health use?
At Rise Sleep Health we perform Level II Sleep Studies which are thorough, interpreted by a Sleep Scientist and Sleep Physician and are performed in the comfort of a patients bed at home.
Do I need to stay in a clinic overnight?
At Rise Sleep Health patients do not need to stay in a clinic overnight, our Sleep Study Tests are home based tests.
How long does it take to set-up the device?
Our Rise Sleep Health Practitioners will show you how to set-up a device in a consultation, setting up the device will take you 2 minutes when you are at home.
How long will it take for me to get my results?
It does take two to three weeks for the Rise Sleep Health clinic to get your results finalised. All our sleep studies are first interpreted by a Sleep Scientist and then by a Sleep Physician. As soon as your results are ready our Rise staff will contact you to make an appointment for Sleep Study Results consultation.
Will my doctor get my results?
Yes, our Rise Sleep Health professionals try to communicate all every step of the process with our referring General Practitioners, we inform them when the referral has been accepted, when the results are ready, when you have been sent for treatment (if applicable) and your progress of treatment.
How can I have a Sleep Study Test and check if I have OSA?
- See your GP and ask them if you need to have a Sleep Study Test to check if you have OSA.
- If the GP thinks you should have a Sleep Study Test then ask the doctor to write a referral to Rise Sleep Health.
- Referral templates to Rise Sleep Health are located on the doctors page.
- Once we receive the referral our Respiratory and Sleep Specialist will check that the referral is approved and that we can proceed with the Sleep Study Test.
- We will then ring you to book in an appointment for our Rise Sleep Health Practitioner to discuss the Level II Sleep Study Test and get you set-up for the test.
What are the possible results of a sleep test?
In general terms there are four possible results for our Sleep Tests, that you do not have OSA, that you have Mild, Moderate or Severe OSA.