A polysomnography or sleep test is the definitive way to find out if you have sleep apnea or not. It is a type of test that gathers accurate data that can tell you whether you have the sleep disorder or not.

The test involves either staying at least a night in a sleep lab, or taking home a portable machine. The data gathered is then analyzed by sleep physicians and technicians for a more accurate diagnosis.

However it is important to know if you display the condition’s symptoms. The test does take a lot of time and money, and it will be important to follow certain steps before undergoing the test. It will be a total waste, if you take the test without following certain steps.

The 3 Steps

1. Detect The Common Symptoms

There are certain symptoms that you and your family should detect while you sleep and while you are awake. These symptoms are as follows:

– Apneas or pauses in breathing during sleep
– Frequently getting up in the middle of sleep
– Sweatiness during sleep
– Snoring
– Gasping for air in sleep
– Feeling fatigue upon waking up and during the day
– Constantly feeling sleepy during the day
– Depression
– Being on the edge

2. Avoid Dangerous Situations

If you suspect you have the disorder, you might want to stay clear of certain daily activities such as driving. You do not want to put yourself and other people at risk. You do not want blood on your hands.

3. Know If The Test Is Covered In Your Health Insurance

If you have money to burn, then you don’t have a problem. If you are on a tight budget like most people, then knowing if your health insurance covers the test will be important.

In most cases, your insurance will cover the costs for a home polysomnography. These types of tests are more cost effective, and the tests are performed in the comforts of your own home. In addition, the waiting period compared to a lab test is dramatically cut.

These test record data just like the tests in a lab. The only difference is that these tests are unmanned. The device is either shipped to you, or picked up in a sleep center. The data gathered is given to the lab for analysis the following day.

These are the 3 steps to take before taking a polysomnography. Being prepared will make the outcome much easier to handle.

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