home sleep apnea testingSleep apnea is a deadly disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.

The home sleep apnea testing started in the month of January. Till the availability of home based sleep apnea testing only the sleep centers at Cameron Hospital in Angola, DeKalb Health in Auburn, Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville and Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange used to offer such tests. Sleep testing at a sleep center involved spending the night in the hospital and wearing wires connected to monitors.

Weldon Cline, the Parkview Noble polysomonographer technologist says that some people may be eligible to have these tests done in the comfort of their own homes. 

People who qualify go to the hospital and pick up special equipment that monitors such things as oxygen levels and how many times they stop breathing while they sleep. The equipment is taken home overnight, then is returned to the hospital where data can be read and interpreted.

Because some people are reluctant to spend the night in the hospital for various reasons, including cost, more people could potentially be helped with that hurdle cleared.

People with heart conditions or high blood pressure, for example, may need to have the study done at the hospital where they can be more closely monitored.

Sleep apnea causes obstructing of airways while a person sleeps. Sleep apnea symptoms commonly include snoring, feeling sleepy or tired during the day and sometimes waking up gasping for air in the middle of the night.

Sleep apnea is no laughing matter.The treatment for sleep apnea involves a mask and a machine that uses to forced air to keep the airways of the throat open during sleep.

To fall into what the insurance companies calls a “normal” range, a person who has a sleep study can have their breathing stopped for fewer than five times per hour. These so-called sleep apnea events must last at least 10 seconds.

Anyone who falls outside of this normal range may qualify through their insurance to get a CPAP.

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