Is Snoring A Problem In Your House?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the airway temporarily collapses during sleep, preventing or restricting breathing for up to 10 seconds or more. OSA patients commonly suffer from low oxygen levels in the blood, high blood pressure and an overall decrease in the quality of life due to daytime drowsiness and headaches. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. Such events can occur several hundred times a night, severely disrupting sleep. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. The term “sleep-disordered breathing”(SDB) includes a spectrum of respiratory disorders ranging in severity from snoring to OSA.
Sleep Apnea usually is a chronic condition that disrupts your sleep 3 or more nights each week. You often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep when your breathing pauses or becomes shallow.
Sleep Apnea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness. More than 40 million Americans are estimated to suffer from a sleep breathing disorder and 20 million suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Despite the high prevalence, 93% of women and 82% of men with moderate to severe OSA remain undiagnosed, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Today, diagnosing sleep problems no longer has to be uncomfortable, inconvenient or costly thanks to ARESTM™, a state-of-the art wireless device for in-home sleep testing.
Take The Test:
To participate in the Salmon Falls Family Healthcare home sleep study, please contact your provider to set you up with our sleep study tech., Rachael Pelletier. Call to make an appointment: 603.692.4018
Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea Include:
- Loud snoring
- Always tired, trouble concentrating & staying awake
- Waking with headaches
- Waking with a choking sensation
- Excessive sweating at night
- Waking with dry mouth
- Increased sexual dysfunction
- Frequent trips to the bathroom at night
- Restless sleep, tossing and turning
- Rapid weight gain
Your Insurance May Cover Home Sleep Testing
ARESTM™ is a new, low cost, patient-friendly wireless device that is worn while you sleep in your own bed at night. Your sleep data is reviewed by a certified sleep technologist and then interpreted by your physician or your sleep specialist. Your physician will then recommend the appropriate therapy.
ARESTM™ home sleep testing is covered by Medicare and almost all major medical plans which helps reduce healthcare costs in this tough economy. It is a convenient and effective method to diagnose sleep disorders.
ARESTM™ is worn on your forehead and is usually worn for one night. The small size allows the device to be comfortably worn in all sleep positions, and ARES even notifies you with voice prompts that you are wearing it correctly.
Sleep Apnea Quiz:
- Are you regularly unrefreshed, even after waking from a full night’s sleep?
- Do you fall asleep easily during your waking hours at home or at work?
- Are you a loud, habitual snorer?
- Have you been observed choking, gasping, or holding your breath during sleep?
- Do you often suffer from poor concentration or judgment, memory loss, irritability and /or depression?
- Are you overweight, or do you have Diabetes, Hypertension, or Heart Disease?
If you checked two or more boxes, you may be suffering from sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. Untreated sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, memory problems, weight problems, weight gain, impotency and headaches. It may also be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Ask your doctor about your symptoms and possible treatments.
According to the National Sleep Foundation:
- About 1 in 4 men and 1 in 10 women suffer from sleep apnea.
- Some 17% of middle-aged people have moderate apnea.
- Middle-age people with severe apnea were 46% more likely to die of a heart attack.
- There are more than 20 million OSA patients, only 5% of which have been diagnosed and treated.
- Breathing problems for as little as 11 min. a night double the risk of death.
Insurances: The home sleep study unit is covered by most insurances. Check with your insurance representative, or call our billing office if you have specific questions about your account, 603-692-4018.