It’s estimated that more than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea or other nighttime restlessness—though most are unaware the problem exists. The most common symptoms are chronic snoring, feeling notably tired during the day despite having spent enough time in bed to be well rested, waking up tired, and having trouble adjusting to shift work. The difficulty in diagnosing sleep problems, like sleep apnea, during a regular checkup is twofold: the physician is unable to observe the patient’s behavior, and the patient is unable to relate his or her sleep patterns to the physician. When a patient expresses concern over the quality of their sleep but symptoms are inconclusive, a doctor may suggest a sleep study.
Sleep studies are tests that measure the quality of a patient’s sleep and how the body responds to sleep problems, as well as determining the existence and severity of a sleep disorder.
During a sleep study, electrodes are placed on the scalp, face, chest, limbs, and a finger. While you sleep, these sensors record brain activity, eye movements, heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, and the amount of oxygen in the blood.
To measure the strength and duration of inhalation and exhalation, elastic belts are placed around the chest and stomach. Wires are attached to the sensors and transmit the collected data to a nearby computer. Because the wires are thin and flexible, they don’t restrict movement, disrupt sleep, or cause any discomfort.
If sleep apnea is discovered during the study, a split-night sleep study will may be performed. This type of study consists of recording sleep patterns during the first half of the night, and wearing a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask over the nose and/or mouth for the second half. If it proves to be helpful, the physician or a sleep specialist may recommend the patient be fitted with a CPAP or BiLevel mask as part of treatment.
When CPAP, BiLevel, or other respiratory care apparatus and products are prescribed, the team at Symbius Medical has the expertise and inventory. Highly-trained Respiratory Therapists visit patients in their home, to specially fit the proper equipment and instruct on use and care of the device to ensure you are satisfied.
We offer a large selection of CPAP/BiLevel devices including supplies such as masks, tubing and filters—we even offer a Mask Exchange Program to ensure total comfort. With our 10-Day Follow-Up Program to ensure ease of sleep therapy equipment use, and the Monthly Supply Order Management Program to make it easy for customers to reorder supplies, we work to ensure the continued health and safety of our customers. For more information about products and services related to respiratory care, email email@example.com.
Symbius Medical offers a 24-hour on-call service that will answer questions or concerns from patients or caregivers when using our home medical equipment or products. With years of staff experience in healthcare, care-giving and meeting the needs of home medical equipment customers, Symbius staff is available in store in regional retail branch locations supplying home medical equipment needs, by phone at (800) 948-1868 to place home medical supply orders, or online at www.symbiusmedical.com.