Harvard Heart Letter

Diagnosing sleep apnea at home

Diagnosing sleep apnea typically requires an overnight stay in a hospital or sleep lab, but the development of portable monitors opened the door to diagnosing sleep apnea at home. If you ask your doctor about doing it at home, and it is appropriate for you, your doctor may loan you a kit or order one for you. The big advantage of a home sleep test is its convenience however; there are several disadvantages, too. 
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