In most cases, your partner will alert you to the fact that you display sleep apnea symptoms.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition whereby the airways narrow while you are asleep, causing you to stop breathing for a few seconds. When the brain registers that you are not breathing, you will briefly wake up. However, the awakening will be so brief that you will not even remember it. The cycle can repeat several times every hour throughout the night, disrupting your sleep and leaving you sleepy, moody and mentally and physically fatigued the next day.
Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain does not signal the muscles in the airways to breathe. However, the symptoms will mostly overlap with that of obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea symptoms on the referral leaflet received from your referring doctor, together with a comprehensive sleep history can be used to help facilitate the diagnosis. You may also be referred to an external sleep specialist who will determine whether further evaluation is needed or to screen for other conditions.
Home sleep testing (HST) will measure your breathing pattern, airflow, snoring, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, chest and abdominal movement, body position and respiratory rate/ effort while you are asleep.
In some cases, the sleep specialist may refer you to a neurologist or sleep laboratory to evaluate for other sleeping disorders.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you need advice or help with sleep apnea.