When it comes to sleep apnea, one of the main ways of making an accurate diagnosis is to monitor oxygen levels in order to understand how easy it is for a patient to breathe properly. The ability to monitor oxygen levels can help doctors make a quick diagnosis of sleep apnea and thus be able to start treatment as quickly as possible. We should start this article with a diagnosis of what sleep apnea is, as well as some of the measures that can be taken to help patients overcome this complicated condition.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder where the victim of the disorder has repeated start and stop breathing episodes at night. Many victims are not even aware of this problem as the stop/start episodes are so brief that they are not even aware that their breathing has stopped. When the body stops the inhalation process, the brain triggers the body to wakefulness and the person resumes breathing again. For this reason, many of the victims are not even aware that they stopped breathing at some point during the night.
Many people are just aware of the symptoms. These include fatigue, sleepiness as well as other symptoms of lack of proper sleep. In some cases, the victims may report heavy snoring (often noted by their partners) and sometimes waking up suddenly in the middle of the night.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Many victims of sleep apnea often report symptoms such as gasping for air during sleep, snoring, morning headaches, and difficulty in staying awake during the day. Other symptoms include dry mouth, irritability, daytime sleepiness, and much more. Without a diagnosis of sleep apnea, many victims are often not even aware of what is wrong and struggle with various solutions.
Alleviating Sleep Apnea
Monitoring your oxygen levels is an effective way of ensuring that you keep your sleep apnea in check. When obstructions in your throat occur and you are unable to breathe, the fall in oxygen levels can be a trigger that helps you wake up and change your sleeping position. Using a LOOKEE® Ring Sleep Monitor from LOOKEE can effectively help you understand your sleep patterns and make a diagnosis for sleep apnea. This way, you can get the help that you require for your sleep disorder. Our sleep monitor is able to make a gentle vibration when your oxygen levels fall below a preset level. This then wakes you up and gives you the opportunity to adjust your sleep position.
There are some permanent solutions when it comes to sleep apnea. For example, there are devices that help to keep your airways open, which in turn reduce the possibility of one not being able to breathe properly during sleep. Understanding that you have sleep apnea is the first step to getting access to these kinds of solutions.
LOOKEE Health-Technology for Better Sleep
If you are struggling with sleep apnea, you can have peace of mind that our devices are going to make life easy for you. Our devices are easy to use and can track data that can help your doctor make an easy diagnosis of sleep apnea. But wait… there's more! We also carry infrared thermometers, personal ECG monitors, and blood pressure monitors. If you have any questions about how these items work or why you might need them, feel free to contact one of our representatives today.