Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes your breathing to stop or get very shallow during sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes and may even occur 30 times or more an hour.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It causes your airway to collapse or become blocked during sleep, interrupting REM sleep. People with sleep apnea often snore, however, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
Health problems and symptoms associated with OSA include:
Take the STOP-BANG risk assessment below to see if you may be at risk for sleep apnea.
At Forum Health Asheville we provide an in-home, reliable, unattended evaluation of sleep-related breathing disorders using the Watch-Pat 100. It’s single button operation allows patients to sleep in their own beds while being tested. The Watch-PAT is light weight and comfortable to wear to avoid disrupting the patients sleep. Comparative studies have revealed a 90% correlation between Watch-Pat results and sleep lab testing.
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