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What is a sleep test?

A sleep test or study is a physical check-up to assess your sleep quality and whether you have a sleep disorder, for example, sleep apnea. It involves wearing sleep tracking equipment, so your sleep data can be recorded and evaluated by a sleep physician.

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Why should I do a sleep test?

Taking a sleep test will help you find out how well you sleep. You'll either sleep better knowing you've got no issues or learn about what areas need improvement.

What can a sleep test diagnose?

Sleep tests typically monitor data like your heart rate, your body movement and your oxygen levels. A sleep physician will then use this data to check if you have a sleep condition like sleep apnea. If at any time you require medical advice, we recommend you have a chat with your GP.

Ways to check up on your sleep

There are different types of sleep tests available. Some you can take at home and others that require you to stay in a lab overnight. They all look at similar sets of data to assess your sleep quality.

Online sleep assessment

Our free online sleep assessment can give a quick snapshot of your sleep health and your risk of having sleep apnea. You will, however, need to take a sleep test or speak with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis.

home sleep test

Home sleep tests are those you can complete in the comfort of your own home. They will record sleep data such as your body movement, heart rate and oxygen levels. A sleep physician will then evaluate your sleep quality and check if you have sleep apnea. 


Some patients are eligible for a Medicare-rebated home sleep test. Please ask your GP about your eligibility. You'll need a valid referral that shows you are at a high risk of having a sleep condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Once you obtain this, please give us a call. For more information on Medicare-rebated home sleep tests, search the ResMed Knowledge Hub here.


For some patients, Medicare provides rebates for attended laboratory-based sleep tests. To be eligible, you'll need a valid referral from your GP that shows you are at a high risk of having a sleep condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). For more information on Medicare-rebated sleep tests, search the ResMed Knowledge Hub here.

All about sleep tests FAQs

How to prepare for a home sleep test?

Although a sleep test may sound unfamiliar and complex, a home sleep test requires little preparation. To complete the ResMed onesleeptest, for example, all you need to do is wear a taped-on sensor and follow a few simple instructions.

How long will a home sleep test last for?

ResMed onesleeptest only requires 3 nights of data for an accurate result. While we recommend you take the test over 3 consecutive nights, you can split nights up if needed.

How much is a home sleep test?

You can order the ResMed onesleeptest online and have it delivered to your door for $149. The test also includes a sleep physician certified report and ResMed Sleep Coach* consult.

What if I can't sleep during a home sleep test?

If you have a night out of the ordinary and have recorded less than 4 hours sleep, you may be able to start fresh the next day. ResMed onesleeptest app captures 3 nights of sleep data to minimise random occurrences, so don't worry too much about one bad night.

Can I do my home sleep test when and where I want?

Home sleep tests are designed for you to complete in the comfort of your own bed. It would be best if you took them when and where you usually sleep for the results to be reflective on your typical night.

What do I do during a onesleeptest?

Once you've bought the ResMed onesleeptest kit, you'll need to download and activate the NightOwl® companion app. When you're ready to sleep, simply wear the wireless sensor on your finger and follow the instructions on the app to record your sleep. Take the sensor off in the morning, and repeat this process for an additional two nights.

What do I do after my home sleep test?

Once you've completed your home sleep test, you'll receive an email within 3-5 working days from ResMed with a link to your sleep physician certified report. While you wait, you should book your included ResMed Sleep Coach* Consult.

Can you help me understand my home sleep test results?

A ResMed Sleep Coach* will be happy to talk you through your sleep report in your included consult and answer any questions you may have. Just remember to book it! You can also contact your GP for further assistance.


*ResMed Sleep Coaches are sales and customer service representatives who have received training in sleep health. They can give general information about sleep health, sleep disorders and products that may help improve your sleep. They are not qualified healthcare professionals and cannot provide medical advice. We recommend you continue to consult your GP.