Free overnight home sleep apnea tests to give you answers about your sleep.
How Do I Get Tested For Sleep Apnea?
1 in 4 Canadians are at risk for sleep apnea sleep.
A level 1 sleep test or a home sleep apnea test (HSAT) can provide a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Contact your local Respiratory Homecare Solutions (RHS) location for testing and treatment options available in your area.
What Kinds Of Sleep Apnea Tests Are There?
In Canada, there are 2 types of sleep apnea tests that can be conducted to diagnosis sleep apnea. Sleep labs and hospitals, in all provinces, offer a Level 1 sleep test also known as a PSG. Some provinces also offer a home sleep apnea test (HSAT) that can be completed in the comfort of your own home.
RHS offers free home sleep apnea testing in all of our Alberta and British Columbia locations. For our Ontario locations, we work closely with sleep labs who provide the Level 1 (PSG) diagnostic test for OSA.
What is a home sleep apnea test?
A home sleep apnea test (HSAT) measures how well you sleep and the results from this test can determine if you have sleep apnea. These tests use a small home sleep recorder worn overnight while you sleep in the comfort of your own home. A board-certified sleep physician interprets the sleep test results to determine if you have sleep apnea.
What is a Level 1 sleep test?
A level 1 sleep test also called a Polysomnography (PSG), is an overnight test in a sleep lab used to diagnose sleep disorders. A PSG records additional information about your sleep pattern such as brain waves, oxygen levels in your blood, heart rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements throughout the night.
What Happens Next?
After being diagnosed with sleep apnea, our therapists will support you and your sleep apnea treatment. Once you are in our care we provide you with Service for Life! It is our commitment to you and your health.
SERVICE FOR LIFE™ – The RHS Difference!
Our sleep health care professionals are trained through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) certified sleep program. We are here to support your sleep apnea treatment to ensure your health improves and you get a good night’s sleep. Once you’re in our care, we provide you Service For Life.
Home Sleep Apnea Test
We offer free sleep apnea testing using a small home sleep recorder worn overnight while you sleep in the comfort of your own home. In-lab testing also offered.
Support Your Sleep Apnea Treatment
Our sleep professionals will determine the best sleep apnea treatment plan for
you and provide ongoing support so you can live healthier.
Premium Patient Care
We’ll set up a custom sleep treatment plan that is convenient and comfortable
to ensure you embrace sleep apnea treatment as part of your life.
Remote CPAP Monitoring
We provide ongoing remote monitoring of CPAP treatment to increase your success with therapy and to save you time.
Communicate With Your Care Team
We handle all communication with your referring doctor and facilitate your insurance claims to ensure maximum coverage.
Service For Life™
Our complimentary patient support follow up program is our commitment to your health and sleep apnea treatment.
Your health and safety is our highest priority. A new mask, heated hose and water chamber are included in the cost of starting treatment. At the start of treatment, you will also have the option to purchase a new CPAP machine or be provided a loaner machine to help you adapt to the therapy. All loaner equipment is cleaned and disinfected in compliance with strict provincial health and safety standards. Most insurance providers cover a portion or full cost of CPAP treatment.
Long-term suffering of sleep apnea causes serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, coronary artery disease and stroke. Also, there is strong correlation between untreated sleep apnea and Type 2 Diabetes. Sleep apnea sufferers can experience an increase in daytime sleepiness which can cause irritability, depression and memory problems. Daytime sleepiness contributes to lack of concentration and falling asleep during the day. This impacts quality of life and can also significantly increase the risk of industrial and automotive accidents.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a small, quiet machine that increases air pressure in your throat so that the airway doesn’t collapse when you breathe during sleep. CPAP helps a person with sleep apnea breathe more easily during sleep allowing for restful sleep and continuous flow of oxygen to the brain and body.
Sleep apnea is treated most often using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy (CPAP) therapy. Other treatments such as Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), surgery or Pro-vent can also be effective treatment options depending on the severity of your sleep apnea.
A board-certified doctor will review the results of your Sleep Apnea Test, provide an interpretation and determine a diagnosis. The results of the sleep study and a diagnosis will be shared with you at an in-person appointment about 3 weeks after your Sleep Apnea Test has been completed.
The results of an overnight Home Sleep Apnea Test or an In-Lab Sleep Study will be interpreted by a board-certified sleep physician to determine if you have sleep apnea. After the test, an RHS sleep therapist will meet with you and review your results, answer any questions and if you have a positive result, discuss treatment options.
Ask your doctor to schedule a In-Lab Sleep Lab Study. RHS can also assist with a referral to a Sleep Lab Study
An In-Lab Sleep Study (also known as a PSG) is conducted overnight at a sleep clinic or hospital where clinical staff will place sensors on your body to monitor your sleep, record brain activity, eye movements, heart rate, and blood pressure. A In-Lab Sleep Study also records the amount of oxygen in your blood, air movement, snoring and chest movements. The chest movements show if you are making an effort to breathe. In-Lab Sleep Studies often are done at sleep centers or sleep labs.
1. Contact RHS Directly – Our team will co-ordinate with your doctor for a referral to schedule a home sleep apnea test. Most patients can be scheduled for a Home Sleep Apnea Test within 2 weeks of receiving the doctor referral.
2. Talk to your Doctor. Ask your doctor for a referral to RHS for a Home Sleep Apnea Test.
A Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT) is a test that uses a small portable sleep recorder to be worn overnight while you sleep in the comfort of your own home. The portable home sleep recorder will record your oxygen levels, your breathing, your heart rate, chest movements and show if you were snoring and what position you slept in. The results of an overnight Home Sleep Apnea Test will be interpreted by a board-certified sleep physician to diagnose sleep apnea.
A Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT) or In-Lab Sleep Study (also known as a PSG) can test for sleep apnea and measure how well you sleep. These tests can help your doctor find out whether you have a sleep disorder and how severe it is. Sleep studies are the most accurate tests for diagnosing sleep apnea. A HSAT can be scheduled free of charge through RHS in Alberta or British Columbia. In-Lab Sleep Tests are available to be scheduled in Ontario, Alberta and BC.
- Loud irregular snoring
- Gasping or choking during sleep
- Exhaustion and always feeling tired
- Poor concentration
- Lack of energy
- Frequent urination at night
- Leg cramps
- Weight gain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Depression or anxiety
- Reduced enjoyment of life
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person stops breathing or has pauses in their breathing during sleep. These breathing interruptions are caused when there is a partial or complete collapse of the upper airway or throat during sleep. These breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur 30 times or more an hour! Anyone who stops breathing 30 times or more an hour likely has severe sleep apnea. And the brain and the body may not get enough oxygen. Sometimes after a breathing pause, a loud snort or choking sound can be heard when the body returns to normal breathing. And if you have a bed partner they may complain of your loud snoring which is often a sign of sleep apnea.
I feel 10 years younger and get a good quality of undisturbed sleep of 6-7 hours. The efficiency and professionalism. No high pressure or pushiness. Sept 13, 2017
Four years ago I met Rhonda and couldn’t even think straight! Now I manage an office and have been able to be proactive with all aspects of my job. I highly recommend RHS and have referred friends and 3 regular RCMP members. I liked having the same respiratory therapist who has assisted from the very beginning how to adapt and how this therapy improves life but sharing with someone who genuinely cares makes using CPAP equipment easier.
Very thorough and patient to understand and listen. Provided good advice. Professionalism and follow up call reminders
Everyone here made me feel welcome and very helpful. I have used different masks giving me a chance to make sure that it is a good fit. I had headaches driving me crazy and woke up tired and grumpy. None of that anymore! Thanks to CPAP. Very informed therapists and helpful. Willingess to help me feel better with my therapy during this trial.
I’m not sleepy in the afternoon. I wake up feeling that I’ve had a restful sleep. I think that I seem to think clearly about things. Try it, it worked for me, could work for you. Don’t be hesitant to try it. It will change your life. The staff is very patient. When I came in for my first appointment, I was very reluctant about the process but was OK with things after Rhonda’s explanations and information about the CPAP equipment and use and fit.
The staff makes you feel welcome, know what they are talking about. CPAP has given me more energy, sleep through the night.
I am very impressed with RHS service and the staff who make it all work so well. From initial contact with Susana or Allison to Ray Jim on tank deliveries, to Kurian and Wasim who come to my home to make sure everything is working properly the service is always accurate, on time, and delivered in a cheerful and pleasant manner. This is very important to me as there are days when the IPF symptoms can be depressing. Their positive attitude really helps.
I was diagnosed with Severe sleep apnea in Feb 2017 and was dealing with your location at 113 Haddow Close in Riverbend. My initial contact was Elliot and have dealt with Tory Staal the Sleep Therapist since then till June 02 nd 2017 when I made the final purchase of the CPAP machine. Tory is a highly profession lady who exhibited lots of patience,professionalism, politeness, care and attention. She was very prompt in responding to my needs and always exhibited high caring attitude towards the patient,me.