I think I may have Sleep Apnea, now what?
If you think you may have Sleep Apnea, or any form of a sleep disorder, please contact your family Doctor as soon as possible. Together you can discuss the next step at treating your symptoms. If a Sleep Study is recommended your Doctor will send a referral to a Sleep Lab.
What is a Sleep Study?
A Sleep Study is an overnight stay at a diagnostic Sleep Lab to evaluate how your body functions during sleep. It is used to determine the type and severity of multiple sleep disorders. During this overnight study you will be monitored by various sensors to measure the activities in your brain, heart, lungs and certain muscles while you sleep. If it is determined that you have Sleep Apnea you will receive a prescription from your Sleep Physician with the recommended treatment. Sleep Studies are covered by OHIP with a valid health card and a referral from a Doctor.
Treatment using CPAP Therapy:
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the most common treatment for OSA. CPAP Therapy is a bedside treatment that delivers a continuous airflow through a mask to keep your airway open. This helps prevent apneas from occurring while you sleep.
What are the benefits of CPAP Therapy?
The continuous use of nightly CPAP therapy can result in many benefits including:
- Increased energy
- Alertness and attentiveness during the day
- Lower blood pressure
- Decreased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Improved quality of life
- Weight loss
Living with OSA:
It is important to continue to use the therapy that you have been prescribed to treat OSA. It is highly recommended to use your CPAP machine every time you are asleep, including naps. Sleep Apnea will return in nights that the therapy is not being used. Consider lifestyle changes such as avoiding alcohol, losing weight (if needed) and good bed time habits. CPAP therapy is definitely an adjustment and will take some getting used to. Please be patient while you are adjusting to therapy and call us if you have any issues!