If you think you or your partner may not be receiving the full benefits of sleep, follow these steps to find out what to do next.
If you can identify with some of the common sleep apnea symptoms, or suspect you might have a sleeping disorder, your next step is to speak to your doctor about your concerns.
Your doctor may arrange for you to have a sleep test—either in a sleep clinic, hospital or at home.
During a sleep test, your breathing, body movements and responses during the night are monitored to see if you have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Find out more about what happens during a sleep test:
If your doctor refers you for a sleep test, they are basically interested in monitoring your breathing, body movements and responses during the night to see if you have a sleep disorder. Sleep tests can take place in a sleep clinic, hospital or in the convenience of your own home.
Medicare covers the cost of a diagnostic sleep test, but there may be a gap payment; it’s best to check with your clinic.
In a clinic or hospital, clinical staff will place sensors on your body to monitor your sleep. Sensors are placed:
You’ll also be fitted with:
With your permission, the clinic may also film you as you sleep to gain more insights into your sleeping behaviour.
You will be required to stay overnight at the clinic or hospital, so you should take everything you need for your usual sleeping routine, including pyjamas and toiletries.
The set-up is similar for both home and clinic tests.
Prior to your sleep test night, a sleep clinician will have shown you how to apply the sensors and monitors, and how to use the recording device during the night
If treatment with positive airway pressure is appropriate, your healthcare professional will give you a referral for a therapy device and mask. A ResMed accredited outlet can help you choose a therapy device and mask to take home for a trial. Your doctor may also arrange a further sleep test or 'titration study', to determine your required therapy settings before prescribing treatment
Once you and your doctor feel sure that you've chosen the right therapy device and mask, you can purchase the equipment. Some private health insurance companies offer a rebate on masks and devices, so check your policy with your health insurance provider.
You don’t need to walk this journey alone. Thousands of people are being treated for sleep apnea, and enjoying major improvements to their overall health. Join them