Sleep studies and CPAP trials
Many patients experience sleeping difficulties and the department deals with a wide variety of patients. Sleep clinics are held at CVS Health, Ashford and whilst majority of referrals are for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), patients with other disorders like Narcolepsy, Delayed Sleep Phase syndrome, Parasomnias are also assessed in the clinics.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Obstructive Sleep apnoea is a very common condition where the airway narrows whilst patients are asleep causing loud snoring interspersed with episodes when patients appear to stop breathing (apnoeic episodes). Patients often have disrupted sleep patterns and often fall asleep when watching television or driving.
The condition is diagnosed by recording the breathing activity during sleep (Sleep Study).This is usually carried out at home. The patient is given a monitor which they need to hook up to before they sleep. This is usually for one night only and all the data is then downloaded on to a computer. This not only tells the doctor about the presence or otherwise of sleep apnoea, but also indicates the severity of the problem.
Obstructive sleep apnoea usually goes undiagnosed or undetected as most of the symptoms caused by it are non-specific i.e. tiredness during the day, waking up at night to pass water, feeling very warm when asleep or even sweating and waking up with a dry mouth. Most people with sleep apnoea snore but it is not an exclusive symptom. Sleep apnoea also increases the risk of high blood pressure (Hypertension), palpitations (Fibrillation of the heart), Strokes and Diabetes. Hence it is extremely important to treat Sleep apnoea to prevent these complications.
It is usually treated with a mask (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure - CPAP)
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