Sleep apnea has traditionally been extremely difficult to diagnose, monitor and treat.
Whereas it’s important to know where you stand with your sleep apnea (whether you’ve been diagnosed already or not), who wants to spend several nights a year in sleep laboratory hooked up with wires?
The good news is that group of scientists got together and discovered the simplest and easiest way to monitor and diagnose sleep apnea.
And this leads to even simpler cure for the disease.
If you’ve been diagnosed officially with sleep apnea, you were probably hooked overnight with:
– Polysomnography involves an oximeter to record blood oxygen levels
– a brain activity monitor (EEG), a heartbeat recorder (ECG)
– a muscle tension measure, and an eye movement recorder
…all recorded and then manually analyzed.
No wonder so few people with sleep apnea get the diagnoses they need.
And even worse, if your sleep apnea gets better, there is no way to know (except going through that whole thing again).
But the scientists in question went over previous studies to collect the information of 4,191 people treated in 13 sleep laboratories from around the world.
What they discovered was that blood oxygen measurements were the only bits of data that were genuinely necessary, and that the rest of the polysomnography information was superfluous.
In addition, they saw that a computer could automatically analyze blood oxygen levels, and that manual analysis of results was unnecessary.
Therefore, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and through an automatic computer analysis of blood oxygen alone.
Luckily, a device that can measure this is already available. It is called a pulse oximeter and it attaches to your fingertip to monitor the amount of oxygen carried through your blood stream.
It automatically analyses the results and displays them. A reading of 90% or below is too low, while a reading of 95% or higher is considered normal.
You can buy one in most pharmacies or your doctor should be able to lend you one.
And this leads us to the best news…
If you can monitor your sleep apnea mostly on your own, you can use it to track your recovery curing the disease.
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