“I don’t have Sleep Apnea. I just sleep fine. And I am not going to go for sleep study.” You may have heard this from your spouse or family member. I have heard it multiple times from my patients. Well, now we have a convenient, cost-effective option. We can send our patient home with Apnea Link, a home sleep testing device, which is easy to use, is accurate, and most importantly, allows testing in the comfort of your own bed.
Watch a brief video and you shall be convinced.
Here is some information about obstructive sleep apnea.
This serious and potentially fatal disorder affects approximately 10 percent of the adult population. Snoring, daytime fatigue, witnessed apnea (cessation of respiration for more than ten seconds), morning headaches, dry throat, and waking up gasping for air are common features of this disorder, which is being increasingly recognized as a formidable enemy of Corporate America. It prevents the person from reaching deep and restorative stages of sleep, making the person grumpy, irritable, nervous, forgetful, inattentive, and tired. It also increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, and early death because of nightly struggle to breathe, which causes frequent elevation of blood pressure and sustained drop in blood oxygen level while simultaneously increasing the oxygen consumption of the heart muscles. Untreated, sleep apnea increases risk of motor vehicular and industrial accidents.
Take the STOP questionnaire to determine your risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
- S … Do you snore loudly?
- T … Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during daytime?
- O … Has anyone observed you stop breathing during sleep?
- P … Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?
If you answer yes to two or more of these questions, then you are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea, and you should talk to your doctor. If you are in Michiana area, call us at 574-534-9911.
The commonest and most successful treatment includes wearing a mask hooked to a machine, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which acts as a pneumatic splint and prevents your throat from collapsing at night. Weight reduction, oral appliance (a customized dentures that keeps your lower jaw pulled forward), and ENT surgery are the other options.
It is extremely rewarding to be treated for sleep apnea. Patients tell me:
- “Doc, I did not know how sleepy I was until I started wearing CPAP.”
- “A hazy screen has been lifted off from my face.”
- “I thought it was all stress and aging, but now I feel young again.”
- “I am thinking clearer. I am planning better. I am getting more done at work and home.”
- “I have so much energy that I don’t know what to do with it.”
- “My blood pressure is better; my sugars are better controlled.”
- “I should have done this a long time ago.”
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, please talk to your doctor or call us at 574-534-9911. It will give you new life.