Disposable Sleep Apnea Screener
Many people that are suffering from sleep apnea still go undiagnosed today. With that in mind, the introduction of a disposable, easy to use sleep apnea screener is good news!
The SleepStrip™ is a novel, low-cost device designed to help physicians screen patients for sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) reliably and conveniently and was designed by Roxon Medi-Tech Ltd. Roxon is a Canadian-owned corporation dedicated to supplying quality specialized equipment to medical facilities. Their focus is on Cardiac, Respiratory and Sleep, and Neurology equipment.
The award-winning SleepStrip™ home-screening device has many advantages. An at-home study may be done in the comfort of the patient`s natural sleeping environment. It is an accurate, low-cost screen that has good correlation with sleep lab results. It is small, lightweight, and easy to mail and provides instant results requiring no additional equipment.
SleepStrip™ works by using three miniature sensors that monitor the patient`s respiration all through the night. The integrated CPU analyzes respiration patterns to detect and count each apnea event as it occurs. The SAS severity score is calculated the morning after the study based on the patient`s AHI and permanently displayed on the built-in electrochemical display. Consult your physician for test availability.
Source: Roxon Medi-Tech Ltd.
Sleep Hygiene: Tips for getting a good night`s sleep
What determines a good night's sleep varies from one individual to another. Trying a variety of things may help in finding the best routine for the perfect night's sleep.
Ten sleep hygiene rules to consider adopting:
Source: Mayo Clinic brochure on the topic of Insomnia published by Mayo Clinic Press.
Simply snoring or something more?
Are you getting jabbed in the ribs from your bed partner at night? If so, you may be familiar with grumbling and complaints about your snoring.
The nightly noise you make can disrupt their sleep and your own. It may even be a sign of a more serious condition called sleep apnea.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea your throat may become blocked during sleep and you might stop breathing for short periods of time. You briefly wake up to breathe. This cycle repeats itself many times throughout the night.
You may also snort or gasp in your sleep, wake up feeling tired or with a headache, and feel very sleepy throughout the day. You may find that at times it is difficult to concentrate and you may experience problems with your memory.
The good news is that a range of treatment options are now available to help you breathe freely again so that you can get a good night`s sleep.
To assist you in determining the best treatment option for you, visit with your doctor. An overnight sleep study may be suggested to help determine whether or not your snoring is due to sleep apnea.
Your doctor will gather information about your sleep habits, such as how long you have been snoring, how well you sleep, whether or not you are sleepy during the daytime, your lifestyle, work and any medical conditions that you have. The impact of snoring on your life and others that live with you may be discussed.
If a sleep study is suggested, this will give you the best picture of how you breathe at night when you sleep. You may be asked to spend a night at a sleep clinic or you may be loaned a small monitor to use at home. Your breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels and other functions will be measured and recorded. The findings will help determine which treatments will be best for you.
Source: Snoring and Sleep Apnea brochure published by The StayWell Company in 2005.
Depression & Sleep
Do You Have Trouble Sleeping at Night?
In some cases, sleep problems may be related to a condition called depression. Depression is being recognized as a condition that involves how our body functions, how we feel about ourselves and how we respond to various events in our lives.
Sleep troubles are important features of depression. Symptoms may include the following:
If you have trouble sleeping and also have two or more of the above symptoms, inform your health care provider.
Source: A wellness booklet from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Website