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The Difference Between Home Sleep Test (HST) And Lab Sleep Test (PSG)

For people who snore, have sleep apnea or any other sleeping problems, it is best to have a consultation with a doctor to discuss a sleep study. There are two types of sleep studies:

  • Home sleep tests (HST)
  • “In-Lab” sleep tests (PSG)

The main difference between the two tests is what each test measures and where it is performed.

Home Sleep Studies (HST)

The home sleep test (HST) is a sleep test that is administered by the patient and in the comfort of their own home. It is usually used to test patients with obstructive sleep apnea, and it is generally not recommended for patients who have other sleep disorders or who have certain medical conditions such as obstructive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, and neuromuscular diseases. This test uses much less equipment which makes it easier for the patient to to test at home.

“In-Lab” Sleep Studies (PSG)

A lab sleeping test, which is also known as a polysomnogram (PSG) is a test that electronically transmits and records specific physical activities as you sleep. You will be monitored by a technician throughout the night. The PSG can diagnose and test for a whole range of sleep disorders such as periodic limb movement disorders (PLMD), circadian rhythm disorders, breathing disorders, and insomnia among others.

The home sleep test is taken in the comfort of your own home. The data collected is stored on the machine and uploaded once you go back to the clinic. The in-lab sleep test is done at the clinic, lab or hospital where you must schedule time to spend a night in their facility. At Snore Experts we offer the home sleep test to maximize patient comfort, convenience and deliver the fastest results. Furthermore, our home sleep study can be performed for up to 3 nights to get the most accurate data and allow us to give you the best treatment options. We can also facilitate an “in-lab” study should you choose or need that option.

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