How to Diagnose Sleep Apneas

How to Diagnose Sleep Apneas?

Usually medical practitioners diagnose sleep apnea from medical histories, a physical exam, or a polysomnography (sleep study) results. The generally patient consults the primary-care doctor first who then recommend a sleep specialist based on the available symptoms.

Medical Histories

During the medical consultation, the doctor may ask the patient to maintain a diary of regular sleeping hours, recording the common problems noted during sleeping time. A bed partner or another family member can be used to record breathing or snoring habits, observed heart rate, etc. The doctor will also want to know the detailed family history related to sleep apnea. In case of children, the information about sleeping disorders is generally collected from the parent.

Physical Exam
Polysomnogram (PSG)
Portable Monitors

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