Sleep Apnea Tests and Diagnosis

Before starting treatment for sleep apnea, it is vital that you get diagnosed. There are different kinds of sleeping disorders, and it’s important that you figure out which one you have so we can find the specific treatment that will restore your rest. Sleep tests are very effective and take place either in a sleep clinic or with a take-home test.

What To Expect During Your Sleep Test

During your sleep study, experts will monitor your heart rate, breathing, brain function, and a variety of other factors. On the day of the sleep study, there are some helpful things you can do to make the test as successful as possible. This includes:

  • Avoiding napping before the sleep study
  • Doing your normal daily routine
  • Don’t drink caffeine after lunch on the day of the test

It’s important to follow these guidelines in order to ensure the most accurate results and to avoid having to retake the sleep study.

What Should I Bring For My Sleep Study?

Sleep tests are very simple for patients. You can prepare for your overnight sleep test like a one night stay at a hotel. Sleep clinics have showers and restrooms so you can get ready for bed normally. Here are a few helpful items to bring with you on the night of the sleep study:

  • Toiletries such as a toothbrush and deodorant
  • Comfortable clothes to sleep in
  • A book to read
  • A fresh set of clothes for the morning

The entire test is safe and easy. Once you arrive, you will fill out a questionnaire that will help the sleep clinic better understand your sleeping habits, giving them the information they need to provide an accurate diagnosis.

How Long Is the Sleep Study

A sleep study only takes one night. You arrive at the clinic in the evening and leave in the morning. When you wake up in the morning, you can get into your fresh clothes and get on with your day. The information they collected will then be analyzed to figure out if sleep apnea is the issue.

Can I Take A Sleep Test At Home?

A take-home sleep test is another great option for patients that are ready for a sleep study. With this option, the patient takes home a small machine that is about the size of a cell phone. Using this option, you strap the device to your chest while you sleep.

During the night, the device will monitor your heart rate, breathing, and other important factors to help your doctor diagnose your sleeping disorder. Your physician will work with you to figure out if a take-home test is the best option for you.

When Can I Expect the Results?

It can take up to a couple weeks to get your results from the sleep study. Your doctor will meet with you to discuss your results. If they turn up negative for sleep apnea, then further testing may be required.

If your results indicate that you have sleep apnea, then you can begin treatment and get on the path to a better night’s rest. If CPAP is hard for you to wear at night and you are looking for an effective alternative, then schedule your consultation with Dr. Rice today.

Practice Update Regarding COVID-19

To combat the spread of COVID-19, our office will only be offering virtual consultations to help evaluate the condition of your sleep apnea and discuss treatment options.


Please submit your information here for a call back from our team. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 615-373-4488 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to providing you with the highest quality care once we are able to return to our normal hours.


Thank you!


Kellye N. Rice

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