Does your snoring disturb your partner’s sleep? Despite a full night sleep, do you feel sleepy during the day? If your answer is affirmative for the above questions, you are likely to be suffering from a sleep disorder.

Sleeping is the natural way of recharging our batteries; there are no two ways about it. And it goes unsaid that a quality sleep makes a significant impact on our physical and mental health and overall quality of our life. Did you know, according to a study conducted during 2015, 93% of Indians are sleep deprived?  Another study showed 62.4% of patients with obstructive sleep apnea were diagnosed with hypertension.

Despite these alarming statistics, it is surprising that not many people seek medical help for their condition. Reason being, most of us are unaware of the common signs and symptoms of sleep disorder. The signs such as snoring, gasping for air and sudden awakening are often noticed by family members or spouses who misinterpret these to be signs of a good sleep or fatigue. Hence out of ignorance, a majority of the patients compromise on their quality of sleep.    

A long standing  sleep disorder can lead to a number of health-related issues such as:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Stress, fatigue, and obesity.
  • High blood pressure, heart disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Morning headaches.
  • Anxiety, depression, and irritability.
  • Cognitive impairment.
  • Poor work performance.

Common Sleep Disorders:

Some of the common sleep disorders are:

  1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): OSA is a very common yet serious sleep disorder. This is a problem in which your breathing pauses during sleep. This could be attributed to blocked, narrowed airways leading to snoring and gasping for breath. This might happen either once or twice at night or in severe cases several times at night. Waking up repeatedly disrupts the sleep and can leave you disoriented. Most often, sleep apnea is treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure CPAP. Lifestyle modifications such as weight control, limited liquor consumption and avoiding sleeping on tummy are advised.

Untreated OSA can lead to serious conditions such as,

  • Heart attacking/heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Type 2 diabetes

2) Restless Legs Syndrome or Periodic Limb Movement Disorder: People suffering from this disorder continuously move their legs in bed either voluntarily before sleep to relieve uncomfortable sensation or involuntarily during sleep.

3) Bruxism: This disorder is marked by clenching or grinding of teeth during sleep. Left untreated, teeth damage, headaches and other related issues are very common.

4) Sleep talking or walking: This happens at the point when we are partially awake, commonly seen in children.

5) Narcolepsy: This is characterized by excessive day-time fatigue combined with sleep attacks that come suddenly at any time during the day.

6) Insomnia: This is when you find hard to get to sleep or remain asleep. People suffer from insomnia either due to discomfort from an illness or due to stress.

Why Sleep Study?

If you are having trouble catching your “z’s”, a sleep study may be in your best interest. A sleep study helps to measure the quantity and quality of your sleep and also helps in identifying whether you have any sleep-related problems.  A sleep study monitors your brain waves, rapid eye movements, oxygen levels, breathing patterns, leg movements, heart rate, respiratory effort, etc., while you are asleep. More importantly, it helps diagnose OSA.

Sleep study provides the proper sleep disorder diagnosis so that it can be treated accordingly and improve the quality of life. Remember, it is just not you who is suffering, but it affects your loved ones as well.

How Does it Work?

Sleep study is a non-invasive and painless procedure that allows your doctor to monitor you while you are sleeping to observe what is happening in your brain and body. For this test, you will need to stay overnight at a clinic that is equipped to perform sleep tests. A sleep study records your brainwaves, heartbeats and breathing as you sleep. It also monitors your eye movements, limb movements and oxygen in your blood.

A sleep study is done in a room that is made comfortable and dark for sleeping. You will be asked to arrive 2 hours before bedtime. You can bring your personal items, your sleep wear, anything which aids you in falling asleep.

If you are recommended for a sleep test and is someone who cannot fall asleep in a new setting then, not to worry, we have some good news for you. After over decades of experience and expertise in the fields of home healthcare Nightingales Home Health Services now offers sleep study at home with state-of-the-art machines from major brands such as Philips and ResMed. Our most popular machine is the Alice PDx portable diagnostic recording device used to screen for obstructive sleep apnea. Our certified sleep technician will set up everything required in the evening at your home and collect the recording the next morning. Based on the data, doctors diagnose sleep disorder and recommend treatment.

So, why delay it further, book a sleep test now!!!



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