Our Sleep Test Process

Instead of participating in a lengthy and expensive sleep study, a home sleep test is a reliable and widely accepted way to diagnose sleep apnea. ApneaMed provides fast and affordable home test units and diagnosis for sleep apnea. The ApneaMed home sleep test meets or exceeds all requirements of the Department of Transportation as well as sleep test industry standards for diagnosing sleep apnea (a necessary requirement for maintaining a commercial driving license). Learn more about our process below.

1: Ordering The Home Sleep Test Unit

Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea starts by ordering a home sleep test from ApneaMed.com.

  • Select “Add To Cart”.
  • Select “Check Out” to complete your order with a debit or credit card or “Paypal” to pay with your Paypal account.
    • Paypal will redirect you to their check out page.
    • If you are paying with a debit or credit card, input contact information and a shipping address.
  • Select “Continue to Shipping Method”.
  • Choose your shipping method. Choose between
    • Standard Shipping
    • Express 2-Day Shipping
    • Overnight Shipping
  • Select “Continue to Payment Method”.
  • Input your credit/debit card information or select “Paypal”.
  • Update your billing address if it is different than the shipping address previously entered.
  • Select “Save my information for faster checkout” to make ordering replacement supplies simpler.
  • Select “Complete Order”.

You will soon receive your home sleep test unit in the mail at which point you can move on to step 2 (performing the home sleep test).

2: Performing The Home Sleep Test

Setting up your Alice NightOne™  home sleep test unit

  1. Connect the chest belt.
    1. Buckle the Alice NightOne unit and blue belt around your chest.
    2. Alice NightOne will automatically power on.
    3. Please wait while the device takes a moment to start up.
    4. If the chest belt icon flashes yellow, tighten the belt around you.
    5. Use the adjustment straps to tighten the belt.
    6. The belt icon should now be solid green.
  2. Connect the cannula.
    1. The cannula icon will now be flashing yellow.
    2. Connect the cannula (looks like oxygen tubing) to Alice NightOne.
    3. Loop the cannula around your ears and under your nose.
    4. Adjust the slider to fit comfortably under your nose.
    5. Tape the cannula to your cheeks if necessary.
    6. The cannula icon should be solid green.
  3. Connect the finger probe.
    1. Connect the pulse oximeter probe to your finger.
    2. The cable will rest on top of your finger and on the back of your hand.
    3. Tape the wire to your hand if necessary.
    4. The finger probe icon should now be green.
  4. Once all of the sensors have been applied, the lights will turn to solid green.
  5. Over the next few minutes, all the lights will turn off gradually one by one to help you fall asleep.
  6. You can now go to bed. The lights will remain off, but the unit is recording.

In The Morning

  1. When you are done sleeping and out of bed, remove the sensors and the device.
  2. The device will turn itself off after 30 minutes.
    1. You can also press and hold the button for five seconds to turn the device off.
  3. You can check the quality of the data to make sure the test was successful by briefly pressing the button on the front of the device to make the Good Study Indicator appear.
    1. It will display green and/or yellow sections and may display one or more yellow sensors. You need at least one green section for a good study.
    2. If there is not at least one green section, keep the device and run another study on yourself the next night.
  4. Follow the instructions for returning your home sleep test unit below in step 3 (returning the home sleep test unit).

3: Returning The Home Sleep Test Unit

Using the packaging and return label provided, leave the boxed unit in your mailbox or at the nearest post office.

4: Reviewing The Results of Your Home Sleep Study

ApneaMed works with board-certified sleep physicians to evaluate the results of your home sleep study.

The home sleep test gathers specific data used to detect sleep apnea:

  • blood oxygen saturation
  • breathing patterns
  • heart rhythms
  • body position
  • snoring

An ApneaMed sleep physician will review your data and write a complete interpretation with treatment recommendations. An ApneaMed Patient Care Representative will then contact you to go over the results of your test. Should you be diagnosed with sleep apnea, they will also discuss your treatment options with you. ApneaMed sleep physicians usually recommend treating sleep apnea with the use of an AutoPAP machine. Other treatments for obstructive sleep apnea include CPAP machines, dental appliances, weight loss, and surgeries.

5: Ordering The ApneaMed AutoPAP Machine And Replacement Parts

Positive Airway Pressure or PAP treatment involves breathing room air at a higher pressure through a mask that covers the nose and/or mouth. The air pressure works like a mechanical splint to hold the airway open during sleep, allowing the patient to breathe normally and stay asleep.

An AutoPAP machine delivers low-pressure air at first, making it easier to fall asleep. Then it gradually increases the pressure of the air coming through the nasal cannula as you enter deeper levels of sleep (the obstructed phases of sleep). This allows you to fall asleep more comfortably and stay asleep throughout the night.

Most patients are more familiar with a CPAP machine. These devices supply a steady pressure of air throughout use. While high pressured airflow is beneficial during the obstructed phase of your sleep, it is not necessary until then. Many patients find the CPAP machine makes falling asleep more difficult. This is why we recommend an AutoPAP machine for treating sleep apnea.

The ApneaMed AutoPAP machine can be ordered easiest through the ApneaMed website. If you have trouble with this process, you can order your device over the phone by calling  855-276-3263.

  • Select “Add To Cart”.
  • Select your mask (size and style).
  • Select “Check Out” to complete your order with a debit or credit card or “Paypal” to pay with your Paypal account.
    • Paypal will redirect you to their check out page.
    • If you are paying with a debit or credit card, input contact information and a shipping address.
    • If your sleep apnea was diagnosed with an ApneaMed home sleep test, you will have received a discount code for $100 off the purchase of your AutoPap device. This can be entered at any time before completing your check out.
  • Select “Continue to Shipping Method”.
  • Choose your shipping method. Choose between
    • Standard Shipping
    • Express 2-Day Shipping
    • Overnight Shipping
  • Select “Continue to Payment Method”.
  • Input your credit/debit card information or select “Paypal”.
  • Update your billing address if it is different than the shipping address previously entered.
  • Select “Save my information for faster checkout” to make ordering replacement supplies simpler.
  • Select “Complete Order”.

The ApneaMed AutoPAP machine has the added benefit of an attached heated humidifier for greater comfort. Continuous air pressure throughout the night can irritate sensitive airway tissue. The AutoPAP mitigates this problem with a built-in humidifier.

Ordering Replacement Parts For Your AutoPAP Machine

ApneaMed sleep physicians recommend patients adhere to a regular schedule for replacing integral components of the AutoPAP machine. This will help maintain the optimal functionality of your sleep apnea treatment device. ApneaMed offers discounted supply replacements for our patients once every six months, so you can maintain your health affordably. You will also receive an email notification when it’s time to order new supplies.

ApneaMed Professional Partners 

The process to receive and distribute our home sleep test as a professional partner differs from the general public who are looking to test themselves for obstructive sleep apnea. There are three different partnership programs that interested professionals can choose from. 

  • Referral partnership - You can refer patients directly to ApneaMed, and they can order their own home sleep apnea test.
  • In-office partnership - A home sleep apnea test unit will be in your office, and you can provide it to patients as needed.
  • Mail-out partnership - If you suspect a patient requires obstructive sleep apnea testing, you can order an ApneaMed home sleep test, and we will mail it to your patient. 

To learn more about the benefits of the ApneaMed partnership program, and to see if you are a candidate to partner with ApneaMed, check out our page Partner Programs With ApneaMed.

Treating Sleep Apnea To Meet DOT Compliance Standards

For patients that require proof of treatment for sleep apnea to meet licensing requirements by the Department of Transportation, you can access reports on your mobile device by pairing with your AutoPAP machine.

ApneaMed Is Your Source For Fast And Affordable Sleep Apnea Help

ApneaMed has worked hard to make sure that our sleep apnea testing and treatment process is as easy and straightforward as possible. But if you have specific questions that you would like to ask us about our home sleep test, our equipment, or anything else about our process, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions so you can start treating your sleep apnea today.