Diagnosis

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The best care

Rapid Access Sleep Studies

 

Routine sleep studies have largely moved from specialist sleep laboratories and into the home, driven to a large extent by demand far exceeding sleep laboratory capacity. In reality most people don't need the very specialist additional measurements made in a sleep laboratory, and these resources are used where they are needed.

To properly investigate OSA you must as a minimum measure:

  • ​Airflow in and out of the mouth and nose

  • Snoring

  • Oximetry - continuous monitoring of oxygen levels in the blood

  • Breathing effort - preferably both the thoracic (chest) and abdominal (tummy)

  • Body position

 If you recognise more than a couple of these indicators, then you should really get tested for OSA.
  • Unexplained daytime sleepiness

  • Witnessed apnoea - bed partner sees you not breathing

  • Waking up with a headache

  • Short term memory impairment/Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

  • Irritability

  • Loss of libido

  • Being overweight

  • Feeling tired all the time

  • More than one bathroom visit during the night

  • Collar size > 17"

  • Dozing off when you don't want to

  • Having high blood pressure

  • Needing daytime naps

  • Struggling to concentrate at work

  • Loud snoring

  • Losing your energy and enthusiasm for life

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