Sleep apnea is most often associated with snoring, but the sleep disorder is far more than that and can lead to some serious health issues. Sleep apnea affects your ability to breathe while you sleep, often hampering vital airflow. To find out whether you have sleep apnea, and to what extent, an in-lab sleep study at ApneCare Sleep Lab provides the answers. With two locations in Mesa, Arizona, and Bakersfield, California, the ApneCare Sleep Labs provide results that pave the way for better sleep, and better breathing, down the road. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
OSA is far and away the most common form of sleep apnea. With OSA, the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses while you sleep, blocking your airway. With your air supply cut off, you’re unable to breathe until your brain signals your body to wake up. This may happen a few times, or several dozen times, throughout the night and you may not even be aware of it.
With central sleep apnea, your brain fails to send a message to your body to breathe because of the disturbance in your respiratory system.
Sleep apnea does far more than cause a bad night’s sleep. If left unchecked, sleep apnea can lead to:
If you consider that sleep apnea affects the way you respirate throughout the night, it’s easy to see why the sleep disorder can lead to such serious complications.
If you and your doctor suspect you may have sleep apnea, a sleep study at ApneCare Sleep Lab provides the answers you’re looking for so you can get started on an appropriate treatment.
In order to test for sleep apnea, you undergo an overnight sleep study at ApneCare Sleep Lab, which is outfitted with the latest equipment to monitor your body while you sleep. The lab features private rooms with comfortable beds and quality bedding to help you do your part, which is sleep.
Before you bed down for the night, a sleep technician attaches electrodes to your body in order to monitor your brain activity. These electrodes are placed around your:
The electrodes are entirely painless and are just there to monitor your body’s systems. A video also records your body’s movements.
In the morning, the technician removes the electrodes and you’re free to go — if you’re at the Mesa, Arizona location, a free continental breakfast is waiting for you at the facility.
Typically, it takes the sleep specialists five days to compile your results, which are then made available to you and your doctor.
To learn more about testing for sleep apnea, call ApneCare Sleep Lab, or schedule a visit using the online booking tool.