What's the Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes?
When You Should See a Doctor About Sleep Problems
Because sleep apnea can have such serious consequences, its a good idea to encourage your parents to see their doctor if you suspect they have it. If they sometimes appear to stop breathing during sleep or take long pauses between breaths and then gasp for air during sleep, they may have central sleep apnea.
A constant sense of tiredness, even after they sleep 7 hours or more
Loud snoring that wakes up other people in the home. Snoring isnt always a sign of sleep apnea, but the two are often related
Waking suddenly while feeling short of breath or choking
To diagnose a sleep problem , the doctor may ask your parent to keep a sleep diary to track their nighttime rest and nap patterns over a few weeks. The doctor will also ask if they have a family history of sleep apnea and whether their snore loudly or gasp and choke in their sleep.
If the physician thinks your parent may have sleep apnea, he or she will want to do a sleep study to monitor their brain activity, vital and other signs while they sleep. The study involves wearing sensors on their skin and it can be done at home with a portable machine or in a lab designed especially for sleep studies. The sleep study might record your parents sleep for a full night, or the doctor might order a split-night study. In this type of study, your dad or mom wears the sensors and sleeps for the first few hours. Then they use a CPAP machine for the remaining hours of sleep so the sensors can check for changes in their bodys response.
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