How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed?
A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea requires the identification of repetitive apneas (stopping of breathing) and the presence of symptoms indicating broken sleep; this commonly includes excessive daytime sleepiness. To help reach this diagnosis, your doctor may refer you to a sleep specialist, who can perform overnight monitoring tests to evaluate your signs and symptoms. Some of these tests include nocturnal polysomnography, which monitors your heart rate, blood oxygen levels and lung activity, and a home sleep test, which can also measure the activity of these vitals.
Author: Bow Tauro
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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