- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Reflux disease (GERD)
- Gestational Diabetes
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks such as driving and remaining focused at meetings. (Fatal car accidents are increased seven fold)
- Morning and daytime headaches
- Generalized irritability
- Impaired emotional functioning
- Sleep disordered breathing in childhood may be instrumental in delaying or damaging cognitive development.
Talk to Your Healthcare Provider
Complete the attached Sleep Screening Questionnaire and give it to your healthcare provider to start the discussion. If appropriate, your healthcare provider will prescribe a sleep test for you.
Testing in a Sleep Lab
This will require you to go to a sleep center and spend the night in their facility. In order to evaluate you for a number of sleep diseases, electrodes will be attached to your head and body to perform a full sleep study. In some labs, you may try on a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask and see what therapy is like should you need it.
You may be prescribed a home sleep test. This offers an easier option, as you will be able to spend the night in your own bed in familiar surroundings. After a brief training by your healthcare provider, you can take home a home sleep testing device for a self-administered sleep test. This could save you and/or your insurance company money, as the typical cost of a home sleep test is only a fraction of the cost of an in-lab sleep test.
Other Treatment Options
While CPAP is the common treatment option,
other modalities of treatment do exist, including:
- Lifestyle changes
- Positional therapy
- Weight loss
- Oral sleep apnea appliances
- Surgical procedures
- Something like a Leesa mattress that spread your weight evenly while you sleep.
Benefits of Treatment
Patients who treat obstructive sleep apnea will return to a more normal sleep pattern allowing the body its much needed rest. Patients will feel more awake and energetic allowing increased focus and activity throughout the day. Benefits also include reduced risk for heart failure, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and other ailments associated with OSA.
If you or your spouse is snoring at night, and you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, this page is dedicated to giving you resources for sleep apnea education, and screening. Ask your healthcare provider to evaluate your sleep health today!
CleveMed’s sleep monitoring devices can aid in sleep apnea diagnosis only when prescribed by a doctor, and cannot be sold directly to patients as per FDA regulations.
- EASY Sleep Screener >>
- Troubleshoot Your Home Sleep Test: Use this guide in the unlikely event something goes wrong
- Home Sleep Testing – What to expect and how to make the most of it
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine – AASM
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine – AADSM
- National Sleep Foundation