Sleep Apnea Test

Conduct your own simple sleep apnea screening test

if you have sleep apnea, it is important to seek medical assistance. but how do you know if you are suffering from the condition?

the only way to confirm you are in fact suffering from the condition is to undertake a sleep test. If you are unsure whether you need to go for a full sleep apnea test, you can first conduct a self-assessment at home. to start the preliminary home screening sleep test, simply ask yourself the following questions:

● Have you noticed yourself snoring loudly, or has someone else mentioned it to you?
● Do you find yourself feeling excessively tired on a normal day, even after setting aside enough time for good sleep?
● Has anyone observed irregular breathing patterns as you sleep?
● Do you have high blood pressure?
● Is your BMI at a healthy level?

if you can answer “yes” for several of the above, you should consider seeking a professional sleep apnea test and medical assistance.

What to know before you do your sleep apnea test

When going for your sleep apnea test, it is important you follow all the below guidelines to get the most accurate test results as possible. Doing so at this stage will help you reach a solution for your sleep apnea quickly and efficiently. Note the following before your sleep test with us in Hong Kong:

● Avoid coffee or any stimulating or caffeinated drink 12 hours before your test
● Do not take extra naps or change your usual sleep schedule
● Notify us if you are currently taking any medication

How do Sleep Apnea test work?

the sleep test uses a ventilator to record various data and determine if you have sleep apnea. it is simple, risk-free, and painless as it tracks your breathing status while you sleep. although one test alone is sufficient for accurate results, should your physical condition, lifestyle, age, and exercise habits change, you may need to repeat it for accurate results.

A sleep apnea test requires only 5-8 hours of sleep data to make an accurate diagnosis. In this time, various data including heartbeat and breathing are collected. The test can be done in the hospital or at your home in Hong Kong or Macau, depending on your situation.

Which Sleep Apnea Test is right for me?

You can choose between Polysomnography (PSG), the most common type of sleep apnea test, or a less intensive Watch-PAT test. Both will provide an accurate diagnosis, but a PSG is more comprehensive.

The benefits of PSG include detailed gathered data, such as the frequency of asphyxiation, brainwaves, eye movement, sleep position, breathing nuances, heartbeat, blood oxygen levels, and more. Your doctor uses the assimilated data to determine your condition and treatment.

If you are conducting a Watch-PAT sleep test at home you can use a comprehensive, wireless or portable sleep tester. Such diagnostics are more flexible, as they allow patients to move freely. They are also convenient for going to the bathroom.

Do you think you may have sleep apnea and want a concrete diagnosis?

Find out which sleep test you need today. Our tests gather data on various elements to curate a personalized diagnosis so your doctor can devise a treatment plan. Contact us to learn more.

Wireless Sleep Diagnostic Machine

Portable Sleep Diagnostic Machine

What are the major symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

if you have sleep apnea, symptoms of sleep apnea can be seen throughout your day-to-day life, not just during your sleep.

In the mornings, you may

● Have frequent headaches
● Feel tired even after waking up

Throughout the day you may:

● Experience a loss of concentration and lowered reaction times
● Have a deteriorated memory
● Be irritable

As you sleep, you may

● Breathe through your mouth
● Snore excessively
● Experience frequent nocturnal urination

Other symptoms you may notice include:

● Sexual dysfunction
● A higher risk of cardiovascular disease

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Mouth breathing

Serious snoring

Frequent nocturnal urination

Morning headaches

Still feel tired after waking up

Loss of concentration, slow in response

Deteriorated memory

Irritability

Sexual dysfunction

Cardiovascular disease risk

what treatment options are there for sleep apnea?

after completing your sleep apnea test, your doctor will suggest treatment that best suits your condition and circumstance. there are three major different types of treatment for sleep apnea. surgery may be an option to remove excess tissue in your throat area to allow for better breathing, while cpap machines offer a similar result through the use of a mask and ventilator. for certain less serious cases, medicine may also be a less intrusive option. read more about the different treatments your doctor may suggest after your sleep test results here.

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