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Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder, in which the breathing stops and starts repeatedly. It occurs when the muscle present at the back of the throat relaxes too much. Major symptoms are loud snoring, and episodes of breathing cessations. For milder cases, lifestyle changes help and for severe ones, treatment includes therapies and medication.
The most common symptoms are:
Home sleep tests- M.D.I.C will send a PT to your home to perform simplified tests used to diagnose sleep apnea. They record the number of episodes of slow or stopped breathing, as well as the number of central sleep apnea events detected in an hour. They also determine whether oxygen levels in the blood are lower during these events. These tests usually measure your heart rate, blood oxygen level, airflow and breathing patterns. If the results are abnormal, Dr. Collins might be able to prescribe a therapy without further testing.
This type of sleep study requires you to stay overnight at a sleep center, in a bed that may resemble a hotel room. You will sleep with sensors hooked up to various parts of your body. These sensors record your brain waves, heartbeat, breathing and movement.
You may also need to keep a sleep diary for two weeks. This includes information about what time you went to bed each night, when you woke up in the morning, and how many times you woke up throughout. This will help the doctor see your sleep patterns, which could contain clues about how to diagnose and correct your sleep problem.