Sleep Apnea can be treated
If you suspect yourself to have sleep apnea, start with the following actions:
- Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about your sleep health.
- The doctor or healthcare provider will recommend an overnight sleep study to be able to assess the quality of your sleep and to determine if you have sleep disorders. You can choose one of two options: In-Lab Sleep Study or Home Sleep Study.
What is Home Sleep Study?
Home Sleep Study is an overnight sleep test conducted in the comfort of the patient's own home. Here, an equipment is connected to the patient's body during his/her sleep which collects data and measures several factors such as the patient's vital signs during their sleep. It is an FDA regulated method of obtaining valid and reliable information which could diagnose obstructive sleep apnea and help doctors select the courses of action to take to be able to treat and/or correct sleep disorders.
What does home sleep testing measure?
Typically, Home Sleep Study measures the following:
- Body oxigen level.
- Heart rate.
- Frequency and Volume of Snoring.
- Body movements.
How do you treat sleep apnea?
- Use of devices such as APAP, BPAP, and CPAP machines or other oral devices to help open up your blocked airway.
- Change in lifestyle.
- Use of supplemental oxygen during sleep.
- In severe cases, undergoing surgery.
What if your sleep apnea remains untreated?
If Sleep Apnea is left untreated, it may cause the patient to develop:
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
- Lack of oxygen while sleeping.
- Shorter life span
- Memory loss
- Erectile dysfunction in men; and loss of libido for women.