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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is defined as brief cessations in breathing during sleep. It is caused by a physical obstruction or a collapse of soft tissue in the rear of the throat. It results in the sleep not being able to breath anywhere from 10 seconds to 3 minutes. It can cause loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, and morning headaches.

Also known as OSA, obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep related breathing disorder that involves repeated episodes of hypopnea (shallow breathing) and apnea (suspension of external breathing) despite an ongoing respiratory effort. 

Frequent apneas and hypopneas lead to numerous brief awakenings during sleep and to sleepiness during waking hours. Preventing apneas and hypopneas prevents the sleep fragmentation, so treatment reduces the sleepiness.

Apnea is simply defined as “the wanting of breath”; patients with this condition often stop breathing hundreds of times in a night.  If OSA is not treated it can reduce blood oxygen levels causing the heart to pump harder and may lead to serious cardiovascular consequences such as high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Some factors that increase the risk in patients with OSA include: Obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Talking with your doctor will help create a diagnosis and treatment so you no longer need to suffer. 

An at home sleep study can diagnose a patient with OSA physicians do not need to refer you out to a specialist, the test is performed in the comfort of your own home, and the cost billed to the patient’s insurance is minimal compared to Sleep Lab Testing.

At home sleep studies these days contain comfort and convenience. Your routine before bed is not interrupted all that is necessary is a sensor on your finger, nose and belt with a small device that is placed around the chest. An at home sleep study is now convenient as ever since is it done in your own bed at home.