Ask yourself these questions : When was the last time I had a good night sleep? Have I been told that I snore? Do I wake myself up at night gasping for air? Does my own snoring sometimes wake me up at night?
If you answer any of these questions with a yes, you may be suffering from undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea.
If left untreated, OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA can be life threatening.
Today, OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA) diagnosis is easier than ever before!
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is recognized as repeated episodes of cessation in breathing during sleep. Sleep Apnea can be treated effectively using various approaches, including Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP), oral appliance therapy and surgery.
Snoring is considered a major indicator of OSA, and risk factors include weight gain, age, family history and anatomic abnormalities. OSA is highly correlated with cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, heart disease and stroke. OSA is also associated with daytime sleepiness, headaches, memory loss, mood changes, relationship disturbances and decreased libido.
Sleep Apnea affects an estimated 25 million adults in Europe. OSA is mainly caused by the collapse of the upper airway due to insufficient muscle tone during sleep, often in addition to certain anatomical factors.
Despite the growing awareness of the severe consequences of untreated OSA, 90% of sleep apnea patients are still undiagnosed.
Possible complications of obstructive sleep apnea are listed below as untreated sleep apnea is a major independent risk factor leading to:
Cognitive impairment and daytime sleepiness
Motor vehicle accidents
Diagnosis of sleep apnea
Detecting sleep apnea generally involves a sleep study, using polysomnography (PSG) to monitor various physiological functions during an overnight stay in a sleep laboratory or in a hospital. Studies have demonstrated the efficacy of a new technology, the Watch-PAT, in diagnosing sleep apnea in the comfort of the patient’s home. Using this new technology would allow the patient to be in an environment that is more friendly and would better reflect the actual pattern of a patient’s sleep habits.
The functions of REM and dreaming are associated with consolidation of memory, processing newly learned material, stimulation of the brain and solving daytime problems and conflicts. REM deprivation causes memory disruption and impairs the recollection of newly learned material. REM sleep detection is fundamental to characterize and correctly analyze a sleep study. The importance of the Watch-PAT in the detection of OSA lies in its unique features, including the detection of wake, sleep, and REM states, and its proven diagnostic accuracy in apnea assessment. The key to treatment, however, is proper diagnosis.
The Watch-PAT is a new, clinically proven diagnostic device utilizing innovative technology that enables accurate detection of sleep related breathing disorders, in the comfort of the patient’s home. By monitoring changes in peripheral arterial tone and activity, as well as in blood oxygen saturation levels, the Watch-PAT identifies apnea events at very high sensitivity and specificity levels. One just has to place a watch-like apparatus on one’s wrist, a probe on one’s finger, and a small “microphone” by the sternal notch before going to sleep, and the technology will collect data on the sleep pattern! The wrist-mounted Watch-PAT has been clinically validated in multiple studies as a very reliable and effective technology, with outcomes comparable to in-hospital PSG sleep studies. Thanks to this newer technology, one is now able to diagnose sleep apnea while enabling patients to benefit from a quick and reliable test in their own homes.
Sleep is a major factor in our overall health and well being. This brief quiz from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine may provide a clue to your sleep profile. If you answer true more than twice, you may want to discuss your sleep problem with Doctor Boyle and discuss the possibility of ruling out OSA.
1. I feel sleepy during the day, even when I get a good night’s sleep. True/False
2. I get very irritable when I can’t sleep. True/False
3. I often wake up at night and have trouble falling back to sleep. True/False
4. It usually takes me a long time to fall asleep. True/False
5. I often wake up very early and can’t fall back to sleep. True/False
6. I usually feel achy and stiff when I wake up in the morning. True/False
7. I often seem to wake up because of dreams. True/False
8. I sometimes wake up gasping for breath. True/False
9. My bed partner says my snoring keeps her/him from sleeping. True/False
10. I’ve fallen asleep while driving. True/False
Call our office and schedule your consultation for evaluation of a need for a sleep study, and begin your study tonight in comfortable, affordable manner!