What is OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)?
OSA causes your breathing to suddenly stop during the night, either due to blockages or misfiring signals in your brain. As a result, your body becomes stressed and works to make start breathing again. As your chest contracts and your body fights for air, you don’t get properly rested with the oxygen your brain and other vital organs need.
Cumulative Effect of OSA:
This means that the longer that the disease goes untreated, the greater the negative side effects and associated health risks. If sleep apnea remains untreated, other health conditions may emerge or current health problems may heighten, including:
Consequences of OSA:
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Most Americans go to sleep every night undiagnosed with a sleep disorder.
At Home Sleep Studies offers just we say a sleep study at home with minimal inconvenience for you or your partner.
We want to help you sleep soundlessly and restfully. We want to help you be the best you there is.
Talk to your healthcare provider. Complete the Sleep Screening Questionnaire and give the results to your healthcare provider to start the discussion. If appropriate, your healthcare provider will prescribe a sleep study for you.
Testing in a sleep lab. This will require that you go to a sleep center and spend the night in their facility. In order to evaluate for a number of sleep diseases, electrodes will be attached to your head and body to perform a full sleep study.
Home Sleep Testing You may be prescribed a home sleep test. This offers an easier option, as you will be able to spend the night in your own bed in familiar surroundings.
After a brief training by your healthcare provider , you can take a portable sleep diagnostic device home for a self-administered sleep test. This could save you and/or your insurance company money, as the typical cost of a home sleep test is only a fraction of the cost of an in-lab test.
A CPAP machine is the most common treatment for OSA. The CPAP machine is small, pulls, compresses, and blows air into a tube which is attached to a mask worn by the patient. The pressurized air from the CPAP keeps the airway open, allowing the patient to breathe.
Other treatment options: While CPAP is the common treatment option, other modalities of treatment do exist, including:
Benefits of treatment: Patients who treat OSA will return to a more normal sleep pattern allowing the body its much needed rest. Patients will feel more awake and energetic allowing increased focus and activity throughout the day. Benefits also include: reduced risk of stroke, heart failure, diabetes, hypertension and other ailments associated with OSA.
Call us if you might have sleep apnea or need a cpap machine