Timely diagnosis of your sleep apnea is important to prevent complications. Your doctor may request that you attend a sleep laboratory for a sleep test, or do a test with equipment that you can use at home.
First, make an appointment to see your GP. They will be familiar with sleep apnea, can assess your symptoms and refer you for a home sleep test. You can take our Sleep Referral Form to your GP appointment and have your GP guide you through it.
If your symptoms clearly point to sleep apnea, your doctor may request a home sleep test.
You will meet with a qualified Sleep Technician who will take your relevant medical history and explain to you what sleep apnea is. You will be given some test equipment, be shown how to fit it and sent home to wear it while you sleep.
An independent sleep physician will review your test results and provide a diagnosis as well as treatment and management recommendations about the next steps.
Wearing some diagnostic equipment when you go to bed may be strange, most patients find that the testing process is not unduly uncomfortable and manage to fall asleep normally.