Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
The first step toward treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea is to obtain a proper diagnosis by a medical professional. A diagnosis will often entail an overnight sleep study, known as a polysomnography. In the past, sleep studies were strictly conducted in hospitals and lab settings; which is not exactly the most relaxing of environments for a body to relax and slumber.
However, today's modern medical advances allow for sleep studies to be conducted in the privacy of the patient's own home. This analysis involves the placement of electrodes and monitoring devices secured to the body. These devices record any variations in body movement, such as breathing patterns or sudden moments of being jolted awake. Once the sleep study is completed, the data is analyzed by a sleep specialist and a diagnosis is made. A positive diagnosis of Obstructed Sleep Apnea by a trained clinician is the first step toward reclaiming the elusive restful night's sleep that too many sufferers are deprived of.