What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common and potentially life-threatening sleep disorder. A person suffering with sleep apnea stops breathing repeatedly during sleep which can be detrimental to their health. If you snore loudly and feel tired, even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea. The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include; loud snoring, episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep, gasping for air during sleep, daytime tiredness, morning headache and irritability. Sleep apnea is diagnosed based on the results of a sleep study.
What is CPAP?
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP therapy is the ‘gold standard’ treatment for sleep apnea. When a patient stops breathing (apnea) during sleep, the CPAP machine blows air pressure into the patient’s upper airway to keep the airway open so that they can breathe normally while they are asleep.
What is Lung Function Testing?
Lung function testing includes a group of tests that are designed to measure how well your lungs work. The tests determine how efficiently you breathe and how effective your lungs are in delivering inhaled oxygen to your bodies organs. Lung function test results are used in the process of diagnosing lung conditions.