How Often Should I Be Tested For Sleep Apnea?

How Often Should I Be Tested For Sleep Apnea?

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If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you might be wondering how often you need to be tested. While most doctors will recommend that patients have the pressure settings of their CPAP machine adjusted annually, needing to schedule additional sleep apnea testing is dependent on the patient’s specific situation. Sleep apnea isn’t something that typically needs testing on a regular schedule. However, retesting for sleep apnea might be recommended by your physician if they believe your treatment needs to be adjusted, you’re continuing to experience symptoms, or you’re a commercial truck driver. Here are a few reasons it might be...

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Studies Show Sleep Apnea Patients Have Greater Risk Of Severe Covid-19 Cases

Studies Show Sleep Apnea Patients Have Greater Risk Of Severe Covid-19 Cases

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It’s estimated that 3-7% of men and 2-5% of women suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes the individual to involuntarily stop breathing periodically while they sleep. It varies from person to person, while one individual might only stop breathing a few times throughout the night while another might stop breathing more frequently. With the current environment, recent studies looked to determine if there was a link between COVID-19 and sleep apnea. Let’s find out the verdict. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and COVID-19 Sleep Study Findings According to Sleep Medicine Reviews, a recent study found a link between...

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Sleep Apnea Term To Know: Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI)

Sleep Apnea Term To Know: Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI)

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Sleep apnea testing can be confusing, especially if you don’t know someone who has been formally diagnosed. Like with any medical condition, it comes with a whole host of new concerns as well as a set of new terminology you may not be familiar with. If you’ve recently been tested for or diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, then you may have heard the term Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI). This is an extremely important metric for those with OSA and understanding it is an important step in coming to terms with your sleep apnea.  What is AHI?  The Apnea Hypopnea...

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Does Altitude Affect Sleep Apnea?

Does Altitude Affect Sleep Apnea?

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Depending on what type of sleep apnea you have, there will be different factors to account for, such as weight loss to help with obstructive sleep apnea and changing medication to help with central sleep apnea. But something that affects all types of sleep apnea is altitude, specifically, high altitude. Research Links Higher Altitude With Increased Sleep Apnea Even without sleep apnea, going from a lower altitude to a higher altitude can leave a person feeling perpetually winded and quickly out of breath. For those with sleep apnea, higher altitude can definitely make breathing more difficult. In a 2011 study,...

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Veterans Are Highly Impacted By Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Veterans Are Highly Impacted By Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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While you may be just one of the tens of millions of Americans that suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), there’s one group you are more likely to be in than others: veterans. According to the Sleep Disorder Center at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, veterans are highly impacted by sleep apnea and are almost 4X as likely to suffer from the sleep disorder than most other groups of Americans.  The group estimates that about 20% of veterans are coping with sleep apnea and so this particular respiratory disorder is one of the most common service-connected disabilities on record....

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