If you think you might have sleep apnea, it’s important to get tested. Whether you go to a sleep lab or choose a Home Sleep Apnea Test (HSAT), early diagnosis is essential for getting a good night’s rest.
The following are all potential signs that you have sleep apnea:
Sleep apnea can sometimes be difficult to detect, since many of the symptoms occur while you’re asleep. In some cases, a loved one may let you know that you’re snoring or that your breathing is interrupted. In other cases, it’s necessary to tell a medical professional about your sleep difficulties and learn about the possibility of sleep apnea.
It’s important to note that there are three different forms of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex. The best form of treatment will vary depending on which form you have. Obstructive is the most common.
Sleep apnea is dangerous, as it has been linked to hypertension, heart attacks, and many other adverse health outcomes. Because it stops your breathing, it can prevent your body from getting the oxygen it needs.
Along with the damage it does to your heart health, sleep apnea can also decrease your quality of life in other ways. It often leaves patients waking up frequently in the middle of the night, interrupting their REM sleep and preventing them from truly feeling well-rested.
This is particularly troubling if you work at a job that requires alertness in order to protect the safety of others (e.g., if you’re a commercial driver).
At Forward Healthcare, we provide the equipment, personnel, and management your sleep program needs.
Have any questions about what we can do for you? Want to learn more about the various forms of sleep apnea testing available today? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our representatives will be happy to help you.