The first step in determining if you have Sleep Apnea is to do a simple, take-home sleep study.
This study can be done at home in the comfort of your own bed and is offered FREE by Peak Sleep Clinics.
Simply make an arrangement with the Peak Sleep Clinic near you to pick up the testing kit. Take the testing kit home, put it on (according to the instructions you are given) and follow your regular sleep routine.
These studies are convenient to just about everyone and don’t require your to spend the night in a strange lab.
The testing kit is made up of four main parts:
Recording device- The recording device is a small computer that is about the size of your cell phone. This recording device is attached to the chest band and will generally sit on your chest. This is where all the information from the study will be recorded. Make sure to turn on the recording device just before you go to sleep.
Chest band- The chest band serves a duel purpose in the
testing kit. The first role it has is to hold the recording device securely against your chest. The second role of the chest band is to monitor your breathing as you sleep. When putting on the chest band you want it to fit snug, but not too tight.
Nasal prongs- The nasal prongs sit just inside of your nostrils. The role of this piece is to monitor your airflow as you sleep, recording how much air goes in, comes out and if there are any stoppages in breathing. This piece usually fits nicely into a person’s nostrils and is undetectable to most people. A small piece of tape can be used to hold in place if you have any issues.
Finger monitor- The finger monitor slides on to the end of your index finger. The role of this piece is to monitor your heart rate and oxygen levels as you sleep. On occasion, people will use tape on the wires and tubes so that they don’t get tangled as they sleep. Make sure this piece is on snug so it does not fall off as you sleep.
THE NEXT DAY
The next day, simply bring back the testing kit to your Peak Sleep Clinic and make an appointment for a sleep expert to go over the results with you.
Once you have completed your free, overnight sleep study, a Peak Sleep Clinic expert will go over the results with you and
determine whether you have Sleep Apnea. If you do have Sleep Apnea, a Peak Sleep Clinic Respiratory Therapist (RT) can tell you how severe it is.
If it is determined you have a positive result of having Sleep Apnea, it is highly recommended that you move to the next stage of treating your Sleep Apnea: The sleep trial stage.
During this stage you will work with a Peak Sleep Clinic RT to determine which machine and mask combination is right for you.
Once you decide this, you will take the machine and mask home and use it each night on a trial basis.
The average sleep trial lasts about one month, but it is common to extend it longer in order to make sure that the treatment is working properly and making your life better.
Currently, Peak Sleep Clinics charge $200 for this trial period, but that charge is then put towards the purchase of your own personal CPAP machine; should you decide to purchase one through Peak Sleep Clinics.
THE SLEEP TRIAL
Step 1- You will meet with your Peak Sleep RT for a one-on-one meeting. In this meeting, you will learn about your test results, the equipment and supplies needed to treat your Sleep Apnea, how the CPAP machine works, what your mask options are, how the mask should fit and the RT will answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Step 2- After you have been going through treatment for three-to-three days, your Peak Sleep RT will follow-up with a phone call. This call is to answer any questions that may have come up along the way, as well as, check in with you to see how the
treatment is going.
Step 3- About one month into your trial you will meet with your Peak Sleep RT again to talk about how your trial has been. Please bring ALL your equipment (mask, hose and CPAP machine) to the appointment. During this appointment you will talk about CPAP therapy and if it is helping with your Sleep Apnea. At this time, your RT will likely have enough information to help you decide if CPAP therapy is the best way to combat your Sleep Apnea (although they may ask you to continue with the trial for another two-to-four weeks to make sure the therapy is working. During this extension of the trial, you’ll likely have your the settings on your CPAP machine adjusted to ensure the therapy is working at its “peak” capacity.
DID YOU KNOW THAT 1 IN 4 MEN STOP BREATHING IN THEIR SLEEP?
Come take a Peak Sleep Clinic sleep test in March to see if you have Sleep Apnea and you could win tickets to see the Calgary Flames or a Calgary Co-op $100 gift card.
Schedule your sleep test by calling 1-855-738-PEAK (7325) or 403-265-8149