Comments on: Do I Have Sleep Apnea? How To Know For Sure Health Science Communicator Tue, 21 Sep 2021 02:07:03 +0000 hourly 1 By: Lana Eyeington Tue, 06 Jan 2015 21:40:00 +0000 Thanks for your comment Donald. I agree, gasping and witnessed apneas are classic signs of obstructive sleep apnea and should encourage seeking medical advice as soon as possible. In most cases it is the bed partner, friends or family that notices symptoms first, and effectively become the “eyes and ears” for sleep physicians. You knew something was wrong, you sought medical advice and now your wife’s sleep apnea is being successfully treated. However, we can’t self diagnose and begin treatment without the appropriate medical work-up.

I do believe the study that diagnosed your wife’s sleep apnea was more than just numbers. By “a definitive diagnosis” I mean a diagnosis that is made by a qualified sleep physician after an extensive workup, on which the CPAP therapy is based. This entails a detailed medical/sleep history and an overnight sleep clinic Polysomnography (PSG) study which assesses brain activity/sleep staging, respiration, leg/jaw movement, heart rhythm, blood oxygen and body position.

With this information the sleep physician can answer such questions as what sleep stages are obstructive sleep apnea and snoring most severe? Is the patient getting enough deep sleep (Stage 3, REM sleep)? What sleeping position is the sleep apnea more severe? What CPAP pressure is required for sleeping on your back vs sleeping on your side?

Yours in health,

Lana Eyeington, MS, BS(hons)
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Sleep Scientist

By: Donald Lewis Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:45:00 +0000 “A definitive diagnosis of sleep apnea can be made only with a sleep study conducted during a visit to a sleep lab – usually overnight – or a home study performed with special equipment” I disagree. I was confident in my diagnosis of my wife’s (now treated) sleep apnea. Pretty clear cut when her breathing stops repeatedly all night long and when it starts she is gasping like she is dying! The study provided numbers and prescription for CPAP, but I KNEW something was wrong.