To accurately diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnoea a sleep study is undertaken. Your General Practioner or Specialist will refer you to a Sleep Study Service.
Do I need a sleep study?There are numerous signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea. However, the only definitive way to determine how you are sleeping, and if you have sleep apnoea, is to have a sleep study.
Signs and Symptoms of OSA –
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
- Excessive daytime fatigue
- Loud or disruptive snoring
- Gasping or choking arousals during sleep
- Witnessed apnoeas
- Morning headaches
- Frequent urination during the night
- Excessive weight
- Poor concentration, low mood
- High blood pressure
How do I arrange a sleep study?It is recommended that you obtain a referral and advice from your doctor or specialist before having a sleep study. Having a referral will also allow you to receive a Medicare rebate. You can then contact a Sleep Study Clinic of your choice.
Do I need to go to Hospital for a Sleep Study?Sleep studies can be undertaken either in a hospital or at home. For most people, a home based sleep study is preferable, as it is associated with a more comfortable and representative sleep.
What happens during a sleep study?During a sleep study you will have a small lightweight monitor with a few leads placed on you. There is no discomfort or embarrassment, you will be surprised at how quickly you get used to it. The monitor records, breathing, sleep, heart function, snore, movement and oxygen levels. After the sleep study your results will be analysed and a report with be sent to your doctor for your discussion.
I’m already on treatment for Sleep Apnoea, could I benefit from a Sleep Study?Yes. Reassessment of your treatment requirements and effectiveness can be very beneficial in assuring you are achieving the best possible sleep.
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