When Do I Need A Sleep Test?

Categories: Sleep Apnea

Without treatment, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been linked to a wide array of health problems. In order to diagnose our Spring, TX, patients and offer a custom-made solution, we first need to understand the cause and extent of their sleep apnea. To do this, we don’t need them to try and sleep in a lab setting. Instead, we offer a unique at-home sleep test.

Signs of Trouble

Patient’s with OSA may notice they wake in the night choking, gasping, or struggling to breathe. Waking in the morning with dry mouth is common, as is chronic snoring. During the day, you may experience headaches, daytime drowsiness, moodiness, trouble staying awake when driving, and difficulties concentrating on tasks at work or school. If you begin to experience one or more of these possible symptoms, then contact our team today. Otherwise, your OSA could grow more severe, eventually leading to a strained immune system and a weakened cardiovascular system. In the long-term, poor sleep has been linked with depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, and a higher risk of stroke and heart attack.

The Causes of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea means at night you stop breathing for brief periods as the soft tissues in the throat and the back of the mouth collapse and cut off airflow for brief periods. The brain wakes you, preventing you from obtaining deep, uninterrupted sleep. A number of factors could lead to the disorder, including family history, neck circumference, excessive alcohol consumption, deviated septum, sinus or allergy issues, sleeping on your back, obesity, and more. As part of your treatment, we will identify the cause and assess the extent of your disorder. We then recommend not only treatment, but also changes to your sleeping habits to help limit the onset of sleep apnea apnea episodes.

The Home Sleep Test

How does a home sleep test diagnose the problem? We send you home with a small device that measures and records various factors as you sleep, taking note of blood oxygen levels, breathing exertion, breathing cessation, and more. We then examine these results to assess your risk and see if you need treatment. No need for lab settings, just the chance to sleep at home so we can obtain the most detailed and accurate results possible. If you have any questions about diagnosing sleep apnea with our home sleep test, or if you think you need to undergo treatment for OSA, the contact our team today.

Ready for Your Test?

With a unique take-home device, we can help pinpoint the factors behind your sleep troubles and recommend possible solutions. For more information on identifying and treating OSA, please call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.