Monthly Archives: December 2015

In-lab Sleep Disorder Study

In most cases of diagnosing sleep disorder, an in-lab sleep study is recommended. A board-certified sleep specialist physician oversees this test.

Also called polysomnogram, this test requires for the patient to stay overnight at a sleep center or hospital. This test records the patient’s brain waves, breathing and heartbeats as he sleeps. The level of oxygen in the blood, and eye and limb movements are also monitored.

This test is recommended to:

• Test for sleep apnoea and other sleep-related breathing disorders
• Diagnose hypersomnia or narcolepsy
• Evaluate and qualify behaviors during sleep due to parasomnias
• Calibrate the appropriate level of continuous positive airway pressure in patients who are in CPAP therapy
• Find out why treatment for a particular sleep disorder is not effective

A home sleep apnoea test for patients with suspected OSA may prove to be sufficient but an in-lab sleep study is more precise as the equipment used is different from the home test.… Read More...

Home Testing for Sleep Apnoea

Home testing for sleep apnoea is now possible. There’s no need to stay overnight in an in-lab sleep laboratory for a qualified test. A home sleep apnoea testing will provide a licensed sleep medicine practitioner all the required information to diagnose obstructive sleep apnoea. All you have to do is wear the equipment that will collect all the necessary information regarding your breathing pattern while you sleep. The equipment is quite easy to set up as you can do it yourself.

There are various brands of sleep apnoea home testing, offering a variety of equipment and sensors. These devices will accurately measure your blood oxygen and breathing level with some brands even measuring heart rate.… Read More...

Coping With Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a sleep disorder brought about by the brief yet repeated breathing cessation when one is sleeping. “Apnoea” is a term used to refer to breathing pauses that last at least 10 seconds. When the back muscles of the throat collapse, the airway is blocked and breathing stops. As the person recovers, he unconsciously wakes up. Central sleep apnoea, on the other hand, happens when the brain fails to address proper breathing during sleep. Generally, obstructive sleep apnoea is more common than central sleep apnoea.

CPAP

Sleep apnoea causes low blood oxygen levels aside from fragmented sleep. People with sleep apnoea are most likely to develop co morbidities such as hypertension, memory problems, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mood disorders and more.… Read More...

More Tongue Exercises to Improve Obstructive Sleep Apnea

In the previous blog post, we learned that there are tongue exercises that a person with obstructive sleep apnoea can do to lessen its effect. Based on a study done by the American Journal of Respiratory and Clinical Care Medicine, tongue and throat exercises actually lessened the symptoms of the sleep disorder by 39%.

Below are more tongue and throat exercises to lessen the effect of sleep disorder.

tongue exercise

Exercise 7 – This exercise is for decreasing the incidence of snoring. Place a spoon on your palate just behind the front teeth. Then you should press and sustain elevation of the tongue’stop surface against the spoon for as long as possible.… Read More...