Diagnosing Sleep Apnea (Part 3 of 6) | HealthiNation

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Sleep Apnea is often misdiagnosed. But if you’re armed with the right questions, you
and your doctor can work together to treat your condition and prevent it from disrupting
your day to day life. Here’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman with more.
If you don’t have a bed partner who’s familiar with your sleeping habits, but you
think you may have sleep apnea, consider the following questions—you may want press pause
and take notes.
Does your snoring wake you up at night? Do you have a dry mouth, sore throat or headache
when you wake? Do you have trouble keeping your eyes open
during the day? Do you periodically fall asleep during meals
or doze off at traffic lights? If you try and nap during the day, do you
wake up feeling unrefreshed?
If the answer is consistently yes to any of these questions, let your doctor know. You
might be referred to a specialist like a pulmonologist, or ear nose and throat doctor – like me
- who will examine your upper respiratory system for possible obstructions.
Your doctor might also suggest you see a sleep expert or visit a sleep clinic for a test
called polysomnography.  During this test, you’ll have sensors attached to your skin.
Those sensors will be connected to different machines to track body functions, including
eye movement, muscle tension, oxygen levels, snoring, gasping and choking. You may also
be connected to machines to measure the severity of your apnea.
In some cases, these tests can be done at home.
Having a sleep test may seem like a hassle, but it can uncover the reason why you’re
not sleeping well. And, treating that problem will help you feel better in the morning,
and throughout your day. To learn more about treatments for sleep apnea,
watch our prevention and treatments segment.