MASK SETUP PHOTOS
Important Note: Your PAP mask does NOT require disassembly to interface with your T-Bar Connector and Sleep Monitor Device. All PAP masks universally connect to the included T-Bar Connector (which may be green, white, or clear as shown in the four photos below). If you are disassembling your mask, you are not following the enclosed instructions. Please review all photos, written instructions, and video below before interfacing your Sleep Monitor Device and T-Bar Connector with your PAP machine and mask.
HOME PAP SLEEP STUDY SETUP VIDEO
Step-by-step photo instructions (5 slides total)
Step 1 - Connect one end of your PAP hose to your PAP machine and the opposite end to your T-Bar Connector. Your T-Bar Connector may be green, white, or clear color.
Step 2 - Connect one end of your oxygen tubing to your AirFlow port on the top of your Sleep Monitor Device. Attach tubing by gently screwing onto the AirFlor port. Connect the other end of your oxygen tubing to the T end of your T-Bar Connector.
Step 3 - Connect your mask to the open end of your T-Bar Connector.
If you experience an emergency during your home sleep test, do not call or return to SleepSomatics. Please immediately call 911.
THE ‘NO-NO’s’ LIST:
No use of unapproved chargers (you may only use the SleepSomatics-provided charger for your Sleep Monitor Device).
No removal of SD Card, tampering, or accessing of data from the Sleep Monitor Device.
No intoxication, inebriation, or similar altered state while using the Sleep Monitor Device.
No eating, drinking, bathing, or smoking (in any form or with any product, such as tobacco, marijuana, vaping/e-cigarettes, or other) while wearing the Sleep Monitor Device.
No smoking in the same room (in any form or with any product, such as tobacco, marijuana, vaping/e-cigarettes, or other) by other people (including spouse, bed partner, roommate, or other).
No animals or children in the same bed during testing with the Sleep Monitor Device.
No bare-chested or nude sleeping with the Sleep Monitor Device
No exposure to liquids with the Sleep Monitor Device.
No exposure to the vicinity of an MRI device or an explosive atmosphere or in presence of flames, fire, flammable anesthetics, or gases.
Sleep Monitor Device Front View
This is the front of your Sleep Monitor Device.
The circular button on the front of your Device is used by hospital staff to take regular vitals when patients are asleep in-clinic. Using this button at home to view your live vitals will drain your battery much faster.
Sleep Monitor Device Top View
SpO2 - this is the port that your finger sensor connects.
Airflow - this is the port that your disposable oxygen tubing connects.
SD Card - this is the port for the Device’s SD data card. Do NOT remove or attempt to access.
OFF ON - this is the Device’s OFF and ON switch. Turn Device OFF when not in use for more than a couple of minutes (such as when using the restroom) or when awake and study ends.
DC 5V - this is the Device’s charging port. You may ONLY use the SleepSomatics-provided charger.
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
When should I setup my Home PAP Study?
It is recommended that you wash, clean, dry, assemble, and connect your Home PAP Study at least one (1) hour before your standard bed time to ensure that you have sufficient time to properly setup your test before sleep.
Waiting until just shortly before your bed time may delay sleep if you have questions and have to review instructions for correct setup.
What do I do when my mask won’t connect to the tubing?
Scroll back up and view the step-by-step instruction photos above. There are 7 slides total demonstrating setup with all 3 masks.
All masks provided by SleepSomatics feature universal connectivity with the provided T-Bar Connector. If they are not connecting, verify first that you are properly setting up the masks.
If your masks are wet or damp, the connector may slide out of the T-Bar Connector. Ensure all components are completely dry outside and inside and then reattach.
The masks connect to the T-Bar Connector at variable depth. Slide the mask into the T-Bar Connector as far as the mask will go to connect.
When do I turn it on/off?
The Device should remain ON when you are asleep and OFF when you are awake (or out of bed for more than a couple of minutes). The Device data does not erase when you turn it OFF. The Device ON/OFF switch is on the top of the Device (not on the front of the Device).
How should I sleep during my test?
Try to maintain as normal and usual of sleep and lifestyle routine as an average night of sleep during your testing. Making dramatic changes may reduce the validity of the testing results. However, the above items on the ‘No-No’ List are for safety reasons and must be adhered to regardless of whether they represent a normal night of sleep.
Sleep in a position that is most comfortable for you (on your back or your side). However, we recommend against sleeping on your stomach (or prone) due to the increase in potential data errors with prone sleep.
Can I take a sleep aide during my test?
You should maintain your normal routine (including prescription and over-the-counter medication usage). Changes to your normal routine may reduce testing validity. Please note any medication or supplement usage on your testing paperwork / survey.
You are permitted to take an over-the-counter sleep aide such as Melatonin during testing. Please note any medication or supplement usage on your testing paperwork / survey.
What if alcohol / marijuana usage is my normal sleep or lifestyle routine?
Minor alcohol usage may be consumed in the evening if this is part of your normal sleep or lifestyle routine. Please note any alcohol usage on your testing paperwork / survey.
This is a medical diagnostic procedure. Intoxication is prohibited and may present safety risks or issues for patients who disregard these directions.
However, the above items on the ‘No-No’ List are for safety reasons and must be adhered to regardless of whether they represent a normal night of sleep.
How do I fall asleep with the device on?
To assist with acclimation and reduce anxiety, it can be helpful to setup your Sleep Monitor Device on your person (but leave it turned OFF) and sit upright in a chair and relax while reading or watching television 1-2 hours before your normal sleep time.
How long does the battery last?
Your Sleep Monitor Device will be pre-charged for 4 hours of recording, and you should charge for 2-4 hours before the first night of recording and 8 hours prior to each subsequent night of testing. The Device has a ‘fail-safe’ feature that prevents it from being turned on if there is insufficient battery charge for a sleep testing period. For this reason, it is important that you re-charge your Device each day if you have another night of testing. The more frequent a patient moves around, snores, stops breathing, or presses the front display button, the faster the battery will drain.
Why is the device only charged 4 hours by SleepSomatics?
Your Sleep Monitor Device will be pre-charged for 4 hours of recording, which is the technical minimum for home testing. Due to patient late returns, we are often limited in our ability to same-day re-charge devices for the next scheduled patient. However, we recommend an additional charge of 2-4 hours prior to your first night of testing and 8 hours for each subsequent night of testing to provide patients with maximum evaluation periods.
How do I know if I put device on properly?
Patients do not need to ‘verify’ or ‘calibrate’ the Sleep Monitor Device for usage. The front display will initially show that data is recording after you turn the Device on and then fade to dark. Pressing the button next to the front display will bring the data display back up, but repeatedly pressing this button to display the recording data will drain the battery faster than usual. We suggest you secure the 3 sensors, turn the Device on, and go to sleep.
What is the paperwork / survey used for?
SleepSomatics analyzes both quantitative and quantitative data when evaluating your sleep during testing. The included paperwork / surveys provides us with subjective feedback on how each night of testing went and what (if any) changes to your normal sleep routines and patterns occurred which may increase or reduce testing validity.
Why do I have to complete the paperwork / survey?
Your home sleep study is evaluated by our board certified sleep specialist usually within 7 days following return of your device. Providing partial, incomplete, or conversational feedback to our staff (instead of thoroughly completing your paperwork / survey) may reduce testing validity.
We have many patients picking up or returning Sleep Monitor Devices to our clinic at any given time. Please complete your paperwork / survey prior to returning to SleepSomatics to ensure testing validity. Please ensure your name and date of birth is recorded on every page returned.
What does this device test / what are the sensors detecting?
Take-home sleep apnea testing is a screening tool and estimation of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, oxygen saturation, and heart rate. Home sleep testing does not diagnose or treat any other sleep disorders. Home sleep testing does not measure or quantify neurological sleep, sleep continuity, or restorative sleep indices.
The Sleep Monitor Device and its chest belt record the pattern of your breathing and the position of your sleep.
The oxygen tubing records the pressure of your breathing and snoring.
The finger sensor records the saturation of oxygen in your blood and your heart rate.
May I sleep nude / partially-nude during testing?
For both male and female patients, please wear at least a t-shirt or pajama top and bottom to sleep with the device.
What do I do in an emergency?
If you experience an emergency during your home sleep test, do not call or return to SleepSomatics. Please immediately call 911. This is an unattended procedure, so there is not a sleep technician monitoring your Sleep Monitor Device usage during your at-home testing, nor does the device transmit wireless data to SleepSomatics for monitoring or technical assistance.
When do I take the device off?
Please remove the Sleep Monitor Device from your person before smoking, vaping, eating, drinking, or bathing.
INFORMATION ABOUT MY KIT:
The device has been calibrated and confirmed operable as of your setup appointment.
The device surface as been cleaned with a germicidal disinfectant and gentle soap.
Your disposable oxygen tubing is provided unopened for your sole use.