Posts Tagged ‘Home Sleep Test

It may not seem this way on the surface, but to a sleep doctor there’s a big difference between someone feeling “tired” and someone feeling “sleepy”.

  • Tired means you lack energy, have trouble focusing, and feel “out of it” all the time.
  • Sleepy means you’re yawing, nodding off, and can’t keep your eyes open.

How you feel during the day is a key piece of information for doctors because different sleep disorders have differet symptoms. Insomnia patients are constantly tired but rarely feel the urge to sleep during the day. Sleep apnea and narcolepsy patients are tired too, but they are constantly fighting off sleep.

The clearer you are in describing your symptoms, the quicker your doctor can get you the help you need. Insomnia isn’t immediately life-threaterning, but sleep apnea, with often goes undiagnosed for years, can raise the risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

The risk of people with sleep apnea falling asleep at the wheel is also very real. People with the disorder are twice as likely to have a car crash, and three to five times as likely to have a serious accident involving personal injury, according to a 2007 study conducted in Vancouver.

 While sleep apnea patients often omit the critical word “sleepy” when describing their daytime symptoms, insomniacs rately make the mistake of including it -probably because they just don’t feel they can sleep. They are well aware, instead of being up half the night and feeling exhausted and unfocused during the day.

 Saying that you are so sleepy that you have to nap in your office during the day hopefully will sound the alarm to your doctor. Just saying that you’re tired or run down might leave you with the wrong diagnosis -or none at all.

*Try to write down all the feelings you have on a day when you feel your symptoms the most. That way it’s in writing, and you can be more specific when you see your doctor.

Just a few reasons to take a Home Sleep Test:

Know the Facts!

A home sleep test or (HST) measures the airflow from your nose and mouth, often because of a suspected case of Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Partical breath intakes are called hypoapneas & the total cessation of breath is apnea. Either way you still are not providing enough oxygen to your body, and most importantly to your brain. Both can last up to 10 seconds, add that up in an 8 hour sleep period, 10 seconds out of a minute pretty much equals out to only really getting 4-5.5 hours of sleep; possibly not even allowing your brain to go into deep, restorative sleep, causing your to be a bed head! Fatigued, and irritated to start the day!  The home sleep test will calculate the number of both hypo & apneas that you experience through out the night.

  There are two types of consequences of letting sleep apnea take control: 1. Disruptive & 2. Life threatening. Some of the attributes for disruptive issues are, daytime fatigue, depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction, learning and memory difficulties. These can come into effect within days of sleep deprivation. Stress will enforce them more strongly, and surely may make things feel in a fog, forget-fullness, disorientation, and thoughts of inner challenges can soon come to surface. Take the breath that you need, and relax, speak with someone here at our facility and the answers you need, sleep better tonight.

  Life-threatening consequences include congestive heart rhythms, stroke, irregular heart rhythms, and fatal car accidents. Such challenges that arise can hurt you physically and cause harm to others, epesically on the roadways. It takes only seconds for a slip up, this is called micro-sleep. Fours seconds was documented to the quickest time for someone to lose control of their vehicle during the onset of micro-sleep. (example here).

Talking to one of our Certified Respiratory Technicians, we can come up with a plan to getting you back to a more restful, peaceful, enjoyable, & (quieter for your partner) kind of sleep. You both deserve a good night!