How To Screen For Sleep Apnea Without A Hospital Visit


Ten years ago, Sleep Apnea was new news to many people. Now, it seems that everyone knows about it, and if we don’t have the problem ourselves, we know someone who does. Is it just a sign of ageing?

Sometimes called the snoring sickness or sleeping sickness, Sleep Apnea seems to be affecting more people than ever. This CNN story reports on “the father of sleep science,” Dr. William Dement, and the case of a long-distance driver, who is now getting a better night’s sleep.

Sleep apnea: The ‘snoring sickness’ that leaves you gasping for breath
It was then, back in 2012, that Keller was diagnosed with sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that affects 24% of adult men and 9% of women. Around the same time, Keller was taking part in CNN’s Fit Nation Challenge. He’d made a commitment to turn his health …

There have been many more apnea studies over the past few years, and a recently completed study shows that apnea may lead to alzheimers disease and memory loss. These are two very good reasons to fix the problem before it is too late.
Sleep Apnea May Speed Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s Onset: Study
Sleep apnea may hasten memory and thinking declines, leading to earlier diagnoses of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a study released Thursday. Patients with sleep apnea were, on average, diagnosed with mild cognitive ..

Doctors now recognize that patients in surgery are more at risk of developing respiratory and cardiovascular complications.

Scheduled for Surgery? Here’s Why You Need Sleep Apnea Screening
Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic
Imagine what it would be like if you stopped breathing multiple times during the day. You wouldn’t think twice about calling a doctor. But people with sleep apnea stop breathing many times every night, and they may not even know it. Sleep apnea is a …

To have your sleep apnea correctly diagnosed, it generally takes a visit to the hospital, where you are monitored overnight. Sleep Lab doctors at the University of Washington realized that their sleep lab was an artifical environment, and may have been contributing to or even masking sleep apnea symptoms. To fix that problem, they came up with the idea of a smartphone app that could be used in a patient’s normal sleeping environment.

The app allows much more data to be collected, over multiple nights, at a much lower cost, and without using up a hospital bed.

UW Today
New UW app can detect sleep apnea events via smartphone
UW Today
The gold standard for diagnosing sleep apnea — a disease which affects roughly 1 in 13 Americans — requires an overnight hospital stay and costs thousands of dollars. The patient sleeps in a strange bed, gets hooked up to a tangle of wires and