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Have you ever fallen asleep whilst driving?

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Have you ever fallen asleep whilst driving?

Have your eyelids ever drifted shut whilst you’re at the wheel? You’re lost in your thoughts, focused on the road, but you just can’t resist the sleepiness, and you drift off for a bit?

It’s scary, isn’t it? How could I let that happen? What if I hadn’t woken up right away?

Yes, sleepiness is certainly a bit frightening. It’s probably happened more often than you can count. If that’s true, you may have a sleep disorder & don’t even realise it.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), a very serious disorder that keeps you sleep-deprived — and sleepy — day in and day out. This medical problem can take a terrible toll on your health as your body isn’t getting the oxygen it requires to function properly.

You may even stop breathing at night. In fact, you could die in your sleep. It’s just that serious.

A few questions to help you know if you have OSA:

Are you sleepy during the day, have trouble concentrating at work?

When you’re in bed sleeping, do you snore? Has your partner complained of snoring?

Do you ever wake up with a snort, gasping for breath, like you’re choking?

Do you wake up with a headache?

Are you overweight?

Do you have a large neck?

Also, do you have any of these medical problems:

  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Type 2 diabetes

If you have answered YES to many or all of these questions, you may have this serious sleep disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

A simple overnight test will inform you

To learn if you have OSA, a simple test will let you know. This sleep test is called “overnight oximetry” and it is designed to assess the level of oxygen in your body when you are asleep. You simply wear a little cuff over one finger while you sleep; that’s all there is to it!

The finger cuff is connected to a machine that tracks your body’s oxygen level during the night. This tracking will tell sleep experts whether you might have sleep apnoea. You will need to use the oximetry machine in your own home for two consecutive nights.

Here’s the bad news about NHS sleep apnoea testing

The NHS provides an at-home sleep test that requires multiple appointments:

  • Appointment with the doctor
  • Appointment to collect the equipment at hospital
  • Appointment to discuss the result with the doctor
  • …and most likely, an appointment to return the equipment to the hospital

This assumes that the oximetry test catches sleep apnoea at the first attempt. It’s very possible that as many as 30% of cases need a more in-depth study, which is typically an overnight polysomnography (PSG) at hospital.

All this can take several months, waiting for various appointments, and results are sent to the DVLA.

How You Can Get Tested for Sleep Apnoea Discreetly, Quickly

There is a discreet, completely confidential in-home sleep test you can take to get your results. You’ll get your results directly, and the NHS & DVLA won’t ever see it – unless you share it.

Here’s the streamlined Intus Healthcare In-Home Sleep Test:

Convenient – delivered to your doorstep overnight.

  • No time off work – You won’t make a trip to hospital to get the testing device or return it. You won’t need appointments with a doctor before or after taking the test.
  • Affordable– The cost of an Intus test is less than a day off work might cost — £199.
  • Comfortable – Testing is all done at home, so there’s no overnight stay in hospital.

Accurate results – Test is evaluated by NHS-trained sleep specialists, with accuracy comparable to PSG testing.

Fast results – Takes less than 3 weeks from ordering to results (NHS testing takes several months waiting for various appointments).

Confidential – We never share results with your GP or the DVLA. We will only share the test results with you, and you will take it from there. You can pursue the treatment you need.

Visit this site to learn more about the convenient, confidential, comfortable, accurate, and affordable Home Sleep Test for Sleep Apnoea from Intus Healthcare: https://www.sleeptest.co.uk

What is an At-home Detailed Sleep Test?

This is a private test conducted in your own bed. The simple equipment is sent to you to wear at home. It is then returned, and the results professionally analysed by a qualified sleep specialist.

The At-Home Detailed Sleep Test works by monitoring your heart rate and blood oxygen levels throughout the night. In many cases, this alone would be enough to identify Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

However, in addition to these, the At-Home Detailed Sleep Test also records your body position, body movements, snoring intensity, and crucially your Peripheral Arterial Tone – a key physiological signal that can indicate respiratory disturbances during sleep. You must also fill in a medical questionnaire.

A Detailed Sleep Test provides the most efficient, affordable way to have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea professionally confirmed.

Health risks of sleep apnoea

It’s important to get tested for sleep apnoea as there are serious health risks you might face if you have it:

High blood pressure. If you already have it, sleep apnoea can make it even worse. Waking up frequently during the night puts stress on your body — increasing your blood pressure level. Also, the level of oxygen in your blood drops when you can’t breathe well, which is stressful on your body.

Heart disease. People with sleep apnoea are more likely to have heart attacks.

Type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnoea is common among people with diabetes.

Weight gain. Obesity raises your risk for both sleep apnoea and diabetes.

Car accidents. If you haven’t slept well, you’re at high risk for falling asleep at the wheel. People with sleep apnoea are up to five times more likely than normal sleepers to have traffic accidents.

Treatment For Sleep Apnoea

Treatment can make a difference! If you get treatment for sleep apnoea, you will sleep better at night and get the rest you need. Your blood pressure and other risk factors can improve when sleep apnoea is treated.

You must also make the effort to lose weight — and if you’re getting adequate sleep, that will be easier. You won’t need extra food for energy, which happens when you’re exhausted all the time.

Once all your sleep tests are complete, the healthcare professional looking after you will decide what is the best treatment for you. There are a number of treatment options including simple diet and exercise

What more can you do? There is a well-known treatment called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) that has helped multitudes of people get a good night’s sleep.

Let’s look at what the CPAP machine entails.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

CPAP is a well-known treatment for Sleep Apnoea. CPAP is a machine that works by blowing air at pressure into the back of the throat to keep the airway open during sleep. This prevents the airway from collapsing, allowing you to sleep better and helping to maintain correct oxygen levels while you sleep.

CPAP therapy is used by millions of people worldwide every night. Here we explain what it is, how it works, and how you can get equipment should you need it.

What is CPAP therapy?

The concept is relatively simple: blowing air into the user’s airway, which creates positive pressure. This helps keep the airway open and free of obstructions such as loose tissue. That is the essence of the CPAP machine, and it allows normal sleep.

Numerous clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of CPAP. Sleepiness, and the risk of heart problems are reduced by the therapy. Therefore, most OSA diagnoses have CPAP has the first treatment option.

You may be able to obtain the equipment via the NHS (although waiting times can be several months) or you can purchase privately from our sister website CPAP.co.uk.

Mandibular Advancement Device for Sleep Apnoea Treatment

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) uses a splint worn in the mouth to move the lower jaw slightly forward to allow for more airflow. As OSA is caused by the throat narrowing or closing, positioning the lower jaw further forward creates more space inside the throat for passage of air and reduces the frequency of apnoeas and hypopnoeas as a result. In many cases snoring is also reduced.

The splint can be either a custom-made appliance fitted by a dentist or a much lower cost ‘heat and bite’ device that provides simple customisation. OAT is a clinically-proven method of treating mild OSAHS, and some find it more comfortable or less invasive than CPAP.

Positional Therapy

In most cases, snoring and OSA is more severe when the person is on their back, and so positional therapy is used to keep them sleeping on their side. A finger pulse study does not record your sleep position so it is unable to indicate whether or not positional therapy will be of benefit. But if your partner has noticed that you snore or have breathing pauses more often (or exclusively) when you are on your back, then this may be a good option. Treatment involves wearing equipment such as a bumper belt to gently prevent you from rolling onto your back during sleep. This can be an effective technique for keeping snoring and mild OSA under control.

Nutrition, lifestyle and weight loss

If appropriate, a nutrition and weight-loss program can often provide benefit. Living with a healthier body is known to have a significant, direct positive effect on sleep, OSA and many other health issues. A direct link between excess weight and both OSA and snoring severity has been shown, so if you are overweight you may find that weight loss provides an improvement in your OSA symptoms.

Could You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is among the most common sleep disorders. By some estimates, one in five adults have this condition — and it’s more common with age.

However, millions have not been diagnosed, according to NHS estimates. Confidential in-home sleep tests are helping many more get the diagnosis and treatment they need.

Is it time? Should you get tested for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

If you’re fighting sleepiness whilst driving, you need to face reality.

You could die in a car accident, or a truck accident.

You could even die in your own bed!

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is very serious

You owe it to yourself – and your family – to get tested, and get the treatment you need. As we’ve seen, the problem is very treatable with time-tested CPAP equipment — and the technology continues to improve.

You will finally get the good night’s sleep you deserve. So will your bed partner!

You will finally feel great when you wake up, full of energy.

No more dragging yourself to work, through the day, fighting sleepiness.

No more scary blackouts when you’re driving – when you just can’t keep your eyes open.

Your life will be transformed forever – you just need to take the first step.

First step toward a new life – the discreet At-home Sleep Test

The sleep test is called “overnight oximetry” and it is designed to assess the level of oxygen in your body when you are asleep. This will tell sleep experts whether you might have sleep apnoea. You will need to use the oximetry machine in your own home for two consecutive nights.

The streamlined Intus Healthcare Sleep Apnoea Home Test:

Convenient – delivered to your doorstep overnight.

  • No time off work – You won’t make a trip to hospital to get the testing device or return it. You won’t need appointments with a doctor before or after taking the test.
  • Affordable- The cost of an Intus test is less than a day off work might cost — £199.
  • Comfortable – Testing is all done at home, so there’s no overnight stay in hospital.

Accurate results – Test is evaluated by NHS-trained sleep specialists, with accuracy comparable to PSG.

Fast results – Takes less than 3 weeks from ordering to results (NHS testing takes several months waiting for various appointments).

Confidential – We never share results with your GP or the DVLA. We will only share the test results with you, and you will take it from there. You can pursue the treatment you need.

Visit this site to learn more about the convenient, confidential, comfortable, accurate, and affordable Home Sleep Test for Sleep Apnoea from Intus Healthcare: https://www.sleeptest.co.uk

In-Home Sleep Test

In-Home Sleep Test

In-home Sleep Test provides a quick, convenient and affordable way to have Sleep Apnoea confirmed. All studies are independently analysed by experienced NHS-qualified sleep professionals, and use the WatchPAT recording device for unrivalled accuracy.
More info £195.00

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