Sleep Apnea

Overnight Sleep Test

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep.

Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more per hour.

Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study”.

What to do now?

If you do feel tired and fatigued all day, you absolutely should see a doctor. He or she will do a physical exam and take a medical history. This history typically includes asking you and your family questions about how you sleep and how you function during the day. You doctor will most likely check your mouth, nose, and throat for extra or large tissues. such as your tonsils, uvula, and soft palate.

Your doctor may also order a sleep test. This test is often done in a sleep center or sleep laboratory, which may be part of a hospital. You will probably stay overnight., although sleep studies can sometimes done in the home. The most common sleep recording used to find out if you have sleep apnea is called a polysomnogram or PSG. 

This PSG records: 

Brain activity 
Eye movement 
Muscle activity 
Breathing and heart rate 
How much air moves in and out of your lungs while you are sleeping 
The percentage of oxygen in your blood 

Once this test has been completed, you doctor will review the results. If it is clear that you do have sleep apnea, your doctor will work with you and your family to develop a treatment plan. 

And you’ll soon be on your way to a good nights sleep and better days.