Sleep Apnea Assessments
While there are plenty of symptoms someone suffering from sleep apnea will display, below you’ll find some of the most pronounced. If you or someone you love shows three or more of these obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) signs listed in the self-assessment below, it’s time to make an appointment with a sleep specialist.
- Regular tossing and turning while you sleep
- Others consistently complain about or comment on your snoring
- Feeling sluggish and fatigued throughout the day, even if you believe you had a good night’s rest
- High blood pressure
- Waking up with headaches
- Falling asleep quickly during the day
- A recent personality change
- You are overweight
- Your neck is 16-17 inches in diameter
What is a sleep test?
Sleeping tests will measure your sleep patterns against a set standard to discover if you have a sleep disorder. If you think you have obstructive sleep apnea or other sleeping issues, taking a sleeping test is your first step towards confirmation and treatment. You can receive a sleep test by speaking with your physician who can direct you to a sleep-testing center, or our office can recommend a sleep physician specialist.
Are there different kinds of sleep tests? Yes. You will have the option of taking an at-home sleep test or spending a night at a sleep test center.
The at-home test, formally known as the Pulse-ox test, is convenient because you can take it in the comfort of your own home. A pulse-ox test is a useful screening tool to see if a patient may need further testing with a conventional sleep study and to evaluate the effectiveness of an oral sleep appliance. However, these tests are considered less definitive than other testing methods, as certain sleep apnea symptoms can go undetected.
If you take a sleep test at a sleep-testing center, you’ll likely undergo a full Polysomnogram (PSG). These are extremely reliable tests as you’ll be monitored by a team of sleep technicians who will monitor your breathing, pulse, movements, and REM cycle as you sleep. And fortunately for those in the Birmingham area, there is a sleep test center in the city limits.
No matter which test you choose, remember the decision is yours and you can choose the option that works best for you.