Insufficient sleep may result in reduced productivity and concentration, impaired memory, decreased learning and logical reasoning abilities, and can also lead to increased feelings of stress causing difficulty in all areas of life. There is also mounting evidence that long-term sleep debt may be a factor in managing the difficulties associated with excessive daytime sleepiness, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, obesity, and depression. A National Sleep Foundation poll found that 60% of American adults experience sleep problems at some time.
Though everyone’s individual sleep needs vary, most healthy adults need an average of eight hours of sleep each night. However, the quality of sleep is usually more important than the quantity of sleep. Getting enough sleep without interruptions from your environment or internal factors is more likely to help maintain your body’s natural sleep pattern and result in more restful and restorative sleep.
Advances in sleep study testing have occurred. Home sleep studies have gained acceptance and are now considered to be the logical first step in evaluating whether you have obstructive sleep apnea. ApneaLink Plus, is a sleep apnea detection system where patients can be tested in the comfort of their own homes. The test is covered by most insurance providers and gives the patient the same valuable information about their sleeping patterns that they could get from expensive and inconvenient laboratory testing. The unit is comfortable to wear, easy to use, and currently available for our patients.
With this system, the patient is trained in our office on how to use the detection system and then sent home so that they can sleep in their own bed for testing. They turn the device on when they lay down and then turn it off as soon as they wake up. When they return to the office the information is downloaded. The provider will review the results with you and make any recommendations based on the data collected.
The unit gives information like the patient’s nasal flow, oxygen saturation, respiratory effort, pulse and whether the patient is snoring or not. It can break down the entire sleep cycle and show any problems that the patient may be having throughout the night.
Call our office today at 865.691.3155 if you would like to schedule an appointment to be sleep tested at home. Sleep apnea is a serious issue and early detection can prevent more serious health problems down the road.