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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Excessive sleepiness by day. Often it is the spouse that spots the apneas but many people do not have any idea that they have sleep apnea. I have become pretty certain that the underlying cause is bad diet. See my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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