I'm guessing this has been asked before, but I am new and am curious about it.
My dad has been diagnosed as having sleep apnea. And both me and my brother show symptoms that could be apnea related (snoring, sweating in your sleep, dry mouth upon awakening, memory issues, daytime sleepiness, etc). Our symptoms are different though. I don't get daytime sleepiness, dry mouth or sweating unless I sleep on a really soft mattress. He seems to get them all the time. But I get more memory problems. We both have hypertension.
Anyway, he is in med school and going deeper into debt each year to fund it, and I am just starting my career out. I know sleep studies can cost 2k or more, are there more affordable ways to get tested for apnea?
I have heard of some at home studies that cost closer to $600 or so. Does anyone know much about which companies have them, how successful they are, how much they cost, etc? I will pay to improve my health, but if I can do something for $500 that works as well as a $2500 test I will take the former.
I have also heard some people claim that setting up a video camera at night combined with a finger pulse oximeter was enough to give strong circumstantial evidence of apnea (since your blood oxygen would decline when your breathing showed signs of change on the video). People would take those into the doctor and get a prescription for an APAP machine (instead of a CPAP). Does anyone know anything about this method of testing?