Home Sleep Apnea Testing

An experienced general practitioner, Dr. John Krehlik currently serves patients in Anchorage, Alaska. Since receiving certification in sleep medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2009, Dr. John Krehlik has specialized in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea.

Nearly one-tenth of all Americans suffer from undiagnosed sleep apnea. To identify people with this disorder, doctors have recently begun to use home sleep apnea tests. In fact, many insurance providers now request that doctors administer home tests to patients instead of requiring them to visit a hospital or sleep center for testing, as this provides a more cost-efficient method of diagnosis.

Practitioners will conduct a home sleep test if a patient shows any of the symptoms that point to obstructive sleep apnea, including insomnia, snoring, and high blood pressure. The sleep test is simple and requires only a few steps. Before bed, patients secure the testing sensors to their bodies and activate the device, which records data as they sleep. Upon collecting the testing information, practitioners send the data off for analysis. Patients normally receive results within a few weeks.