Aside from the sleep studies performed in the hospital, SRMC also offers sleep studies that can be performed in the comfort of your home. Similar to the sleep studies performed in the hospital, the home sleep studies are noninvasive and monitor body functions such as breathing patterns, oxygen levels, heart rate, muscle tone, and wake arousals. The home sleep studies include 3 pieces of equipment; a monitor similar to a smartwatch, a finger probe that you will wear on one of your fingers, and a sensor (about the size of a quarter) that is attached to your chest.
If your provider orders a home sleep study, an appointment will be made for you to come to the hospital to pick up the device and be instructed on how to perform the home sleep study. Step-by-step instructions will also be sent home with you. On the same night of your appointment, you will wear the home sleep study equipment while you sleep. The following morning after your test, the information gathered during your test will be sent to Dr. Brittany Meyer (Doctor who specializes in sleep medicine) at the Sweet Dreams Clinic in Scottsbluff. The results will then be sent to the provider that ordered the home sleep study.
Q: Is a referral required
A: Yes, home sleep studies have to be ordered by your provider
Q: Will my insurance cover the costs of this study?
A: All billing and coverage vary on insurance providers. It is important to confirm and check with both your insurance provider and primary healthcare provider before determining if a Home Sleep Study is right for you.
Q: Do I have to do anything different the night that I wear the home sleep study?
A: No, we want you to do what you would do any other night.
Q: How do I schedule an appointment to pick up the home sleep study?
A: Once the home sleep study is ordered, you will receive a call from the Respiratory Therapy department at the hospital to schedule the appointment.
Q: What do I do with the home sleep study equipment after I am finished with the test?
A: There are 2 different device options:
- One option is a disposable unit that sends the information collected during the night to Dr. Meyer electronically through an app that is downloaded onto your phone (You must have a smartphone to do this option). After the information is transmitted through the app, you can throw the unit away and delete the app from your phone.
- The second option is a non-disposable unit that collects and stores the information on the wrist monitor. The following morning you return the unit to the hospital where the information is sent electronically to Dr. Meyer.
Want to find out if a sleep study is right for you? Call 308.254.5544 to schedule an appointment with your provider.