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How can a person know if they have sleep apnea without a sleep test?

How can a person know if they have sleep apnea without a sleep test?

Typical symptoms: Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (osa) include snoring, witnessed pauses in breathing, snort arousals, feeling unrefreshed upon awakening, morning dry mouth, daytime sleepiness, tiredness, memory/concentration difficulties among others. Physical features such as being overweight, set-back chin (retrognathia), large neck are also suggestive. You would need a sleep study to confirm. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


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How do you fail a sleep apnea test?

How do you fail a sleep apnea test?

See response: Not sure what is meant by failing sleep apnea test; i.e., does that imply that apnea showed up on nocturnal study, or that you were unable to sleep and the study was inadequate? A sleep specialist can provide both guidance and assistance. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea tests ever be wrong?

Can sleep apnea tests ever be wrong?

Yes, it's possible: Most attended sleep studies (where you spend the night at a sleep center) are very accurate. The take-home types of study are helpful for screening, but not nearly as much data or accuracy. That being said, all sleep studies are flawed to some extent as we do sleep differently on different nights. Repeat studies are the best, but at additonal time and expense. ...Read more

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How can you get a sleep apnea test done?

How can you get a sleep apnea test done?

Sleep MD or DDS: Sleep testing for osa can be done either in a sleep center or at home. There are sleep medicine specialists, also called sleep physicians. Valid home sleep, studies can be arranged and conducted in the privacy of your own bedroom. Dentists involved with snoring can arrange a home test as well, and the tests are interpreted by a sleep physician. Ask your md or dds for a referral or a home test. ...Read more

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What should I do while i wait for my sleep apnea test results?

What should I do while i wait for my sleep apnea test results?

Sleep Apnea: Best thing would be to focus on diet and exercise every 1 pound weight loss reduces the ahi or sleep apnea severity score you can educate yourself about sleep apnea and options for treatment but wait for the confirmation before you start exploring treatment options. ...Read more

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What other things can a sleep apnea test tell you about your health?

Sleep Apnea: It can tell you about your sleep architecture, sleep onset, latency, efficiency, heart and breathing patterns, muscle movements, oxygen levels etc. ...Read more

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Did 1 night sleep test from home, diag w mod sleep apnea. How does one develop it? Can the cause of it be found and fixed? Oxyg 89% a few times.

Did 1 night sleep test from home, diag w mod sleep apnea. How does one develop it? Can the cause of it be found and fixed? Oxyg 89% a few times.

Sleep apnea.: The most common cause of sleep apnea is simply being overweight, although other conditions can contribute as well, such as hypothyroidism or even anatomic issues in the throat. Usually the cause can be inferred and addressed. In those who are overweight, losing weight can help sleep apnea go away. In the meantime, it can be treated with a BiPAP mask. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative sleep apnea test other than an overnight sleep study?

Is there an alternative sleep apnea test other than an overnight sleep study?

No: Questionaires are not very sensitive. The only sure way to know is an overnight psg (sleep stuyd). This can be done in the lab or at home. More and more insurance companies are moving towards in-home sleep studies in suspected apnea patients without significant illnesses like heart failure. ...Read more

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What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center. It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap. Do i need to spend another night a

What is my next step to treating sever sleep apnea? I was made to sleep on my back only during my first night at the sleep center.  It resulted in a diagnosis of severe sleep apnea but there was not time to test a cpap.  Do i need to spend another night a

These : These are questions best posed to your sleep specialist. You should have had a post-sleep study meeting with your specialist where you would have been told the meaning of your results and been given a set of options. That is where you should have discussed your issue with sleeping own your back. It very well be that you have sleep apnea no matter in what position you sleep. Without seeing your sleep study results and having the benefit of a complete history and physical exam it is impossible to make a recommendation. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more