WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE
1. I won’t sleep anyway so they won’t learn anything.
The accuracy of a sleep study doesn’t depend on a “good” night’s sleep. The study needs a sample of your sleep, not the entire night.
2. I won’t wear one of those uncomfortable things anyway.
In the past CPAP or BIPAP masks were made of hard plastic and a little like “one size fits all.” That’s no longer true. Many patients don’t wear a mask at all. Those that do are fitted with masks that are very flexible and shaped to fit.
3. Those things are so noisy. I won’t be able to sleep anyway.
The new machines are very, very quiet and make a low hum like a fan.
4. Even if they’re comfortable and quiet, I don’t want one.
You may not need one, but you won’t know if something else is interfering with your sleep if you don’t have a sleep study. Other treatments can include reducing pain medication, changing an anti-depressant causing restless leg syndrome, wearing an appliance in the mouth while you sleep, or using a special pillow.
5. I like to or need to travel, and those things are too bulky to take with me.
Wrong again. The new machines resemble an alarm clock more than a respiratory machine.
6. I’m not overweight, so I know I don’t have sleep apnea.
Only about half of the patients with sleep apnea are overweight. There are many causes for the condition, even including being an extremely fit athlete with strong neck muscles that interfere with breathing while lying down.
(These articles are a supplement to Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual, “Thrive” Spring/Summer 2019 issue. An online version of the entire publication is available at myvgh.org/thrive)
An estimated 35% of U.S. adults get less than the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep they need. Moreover, poor quality sleep can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Talk to your primary health care provider about your sleep and if a home sleep study through Virginia Gay Hospital is right for you. With a home sleep study, you’ll sleep in the comfort of your bed while a small device monitors your heart rate, oxygen saturation, breathing, and chest wall movement.