Sleep Study for investigation of Sleep Apnoea
A sleep study can provide a detailed evaluation to determine if you have a sleep disorder.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), is caused by the airway closing and preventing the flow of air into the lungs.The resulting pauses in breathing can occur 30 times or more per hour.
Sleep disorders can contribute to daytime sleepiness, moodiness, falling asleep in public places, or increased risk of auto accidents. Long term, untreated sleep disorders contribute to other diseases and conditions such as stroke, heart attacks, heart arrhythmias, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and depression.The goal of being tested, diagnosed and treated for a sleep disorder is to help you realize a better quality of sleep and an enhanced quality of life going forward.
The study will be performed during your normal sleep time in the comfort of your own home. Prior to going to bed, allow approximately 10-15 minutes to attach the system.
The test device is designed to allow you to sleep in bed with your normal pillow and blankets. As it does not generate noise, it should not disturb you or your bed partner.
The equipment associated with a home sleep study includes sensors or bands which you will place on your index finger, chest, and nose.The sensors are painless and are attached using a temporary adhesive/gel. Elastic bands also may be placed around your chest and abdomen to measure your breathing.
The sensors are connected by wires to a small computer unit that records and stores data.The wires are long and small, enabling you to move around in bed.
The study is complete when you wake in the morning. The device will need returning for analysis of the data and reporting of the result.
After an initial assessment, a sleep study can be organised in your own home, with the equipment couriered to your address. Philips Respironics are the test providers which costs £149.99. The result will come to yourself, for our discussion and interpretation to see if therapy is necessary.
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