5 Reasons to have a Home Sleep Test (with Lullaby)
Hover over each reason to see the answers
Click on each reason to see the answers
Lightweight, Comfortable & Easy
Minimal wires and cords
Convenient & Anxiety Free
You Come First
Our Bulk Billed Home Sleep Test Package Includes:
Click on each step below to reveal see more information
Initial consultation with one of our Sleep Technicians
Our Sleep Therapists will prepare and ensure you are ready for setting up your Sleep Test at home.
Home Sleep Test
You apply the Sleep Test in the comfort of your own home with the help of an instructional aid for one night, and return it to us the next morning.
The Sleep Test data is reviewed and analysed by our Sleep Physicians, who then generate a detailed Report of your Sleep.
Consultation with one of our Sleep Physicians to discuss your results
The Sleep Physician during your consult, will discuss any findings in your Sleep Report and where required, provide you with treatment plan options.
What happens in a Sleep Test?
It is important to remember that a sleep test can help eliminate or illuminate problems or issues in your sleep.
Both outcomes are positive.
- A sleep test is a simple, easy to put on, non-invasive set of tests that monitor you while you sleep to see what’s happening in your brain and body. Traditionally, a ‘complete’ sleep test once required staying overnight in a hospital or sleep lab, but the marvels of technology and miniaturisation now allow home sleep tests that collect almost all of the same information.
- Doing the test in your own home and in the comfort of your own bed also reduces anxiety levels, and better timing preferences for you, meaning better studies.
- As you sleep, an EEG monitors your sleep stages and the cycles of REM and non-REM sleep you go through during the night, to identify possible disruptions in your sleep patterns. A sleep test also measures things such as oxygen levels in your blood (through a finger sensor), heart and breathing rates, snoring, and some body movements. Enough information in fact, that our Home Sleep Tests (level 2) meet the requirements for Bulk-Billing* through Medicare.
- For most people without other health issues, a Home Sleep Test provides the data needed for the diagnosis of disorders. in the unlikely event that questions do arise, you may need to do further tests.
Sleep Test FAQs
How much does a sleep test cost? How can my test be bulk billed?
Sleep Tests at many Sleep Clinics can cost upwards of $400.
At Lullaby Sleep, if you meet the following criteria, you are eligible for a Bulk-Billed (no cost) Sleep Test.
To be eligible for a Bulk-Billed sleep test, you must be:
- 18 years or over
- Hold a current Australian Medicare or DVA card.
- Not had a medicare claimed Home Sleep Test in the last 12 months. (if you had a hospital sleep test, means you are still eligible for a home sleep test as well).
- Provide minimum 8 hours recorded data
- Have a valid referral from your Primary Doctor (GP/Family Doctor), Dentist or Specialist Doctor (e.g. Cardiologist, Psychiatrist, etc)
The test can also be paid for privately, or for people who are not eligible to claim a Medicare Bulk Billed test (e.g 14 years and over or already had a medicare sleep test within the last 12 months).
Tests can be picked up from our Clinics, or we can arrange for the test to be sent to your home or work.
(If you like to have your sleep test posted to you, there is an administration and postage fee does apply approx $99. This covers postage to you and return to us, and insurance during postage.)
Do I need a referral from my doctor? (And which doctor?)
As part of the Medicare Bulk Billed eligible critera, a referral from medical healthcare professional is required. Such as your primary doctor (GP/Family Doctor), Dentist or Specialist Doctor (e.g. Cardiologist, ENT, Psychiatrist, etc.)
Please note referrals from Dietitians, Chiropractors, Psychologist are not recognised by Medicare, and you will need to visit with your primary doctor (GP/Family Doctor)
How long does it take to get results from a sleep study?
A sleep test can usually take about 1-2 weeks to be completed and ready to go. Some tests can be interpreted and ready sooner if there is an urgent need.
Can you watch TV during a sleep study?
Once you have put the Sleep Test on, you can read, relax or even watch television before going to sleep. We encouraged you to follow your normal pre-bedtime sleep ritual then drift off as they would at home. We do ask that when you do go to sleep, you turn your tv off, or set a sleep timer on your tv to automatically turn off.
What can I expect from a Sleep Test?
Electrodes on wires are attached with paste to your head and body—the process is completely painless—to monitor your brain waves, rapid eye movements, oxygen levels, breathing patterns, respiratory efforts, snoring, heart rate, and more.
Can I sleep on my side during a sleep study?
Our goal is to collect the best data we can about you while you sleep. To do this, we will want to see you sleep in your usual positions.
Why is the sleep test done?
If your doctor suggests you undergo a sleep test (or as it is called a polysomnography), you may be wondering what is involved in this test and what to expect. Sleep tests help doctors diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, insomnia, and nighttime behaviors like sleepwalking and REM sleep behavior disorder. Often these disorders cannot be identified with a normal office visit—your doctor needs to gather more conclusive evidence while you’re asleep.
A sleep test is a non-invasive, overnight exam that allows doctors to monitor you while you sleep to see what’s happening in your brain and body. For this test, you take a kit home and set up the Sleep test leads on you and sleep in the comfort of your own bed.
The data from your sleep test will usually be taken by a technologist, and later evaluated by your doctor. This may take up to two weeks, when you’ll schedule a follow up to discuss the results.
Home Vs Hospital Sleep Tests. Are home sleep tests accurate?
One of the biggest differences between home sleep tests (level 2) and Hospital in-lab (level 1) sleep tests is the location at which they take place.
Home Sleep Tests have been around for many years, and are exactly what they sound like: sleep tests that are taken from the comfort of one’s own home. For a home sleep test, the user usually comes into the sleep clinic the day of the test to pick up the Sleep Test kit and is given a demonstration on how to use the machine properly before taking the equipment home. Testing is performed by the user, and the data stored on the equipment is uploaded the following day at the sleep clinic.
For a Hospital in-lab sleep test, the patient must come into the hospital or facility for an overnight study. Patients generally arrive between 8-9 p.m. to fill out paper work and be given an overview of the procedure by a polysomnographic technologist. Patients will have to spend the night in the facility as the test usually concludes around 6-7 a.m.
Some locations offer a level 3 Sleep Test. These tests are not covered by Medicare or any Private Health Fund. They are only used to look at oxygen levels in the blood. Some may include breathing rhythm as well. Your Sleep Doctor will advise if this level of testing is ok for you.
Where do I place the thorax chest belt?
The thorax chest belt is placed under your arms and across your chest.
If you are female, it is recommended to place the belt over the top of your breasts.