Sleep is essential; we spend a third of our lives asleep. Getting a good night’s sleep impacts your overall health, and consistently bad quality or lack of sleep can affect those around you as you can become irritable.
By receiving professional help and treatment, there is no need to worry about a thing.
Receiving professional help and treatment should be simple, and we like to keep it that way.
At Intus Healthcare, we ensure the process of testing for Sleep Apnoea and finding treatment is seamless.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep disorders, affecting 1.5 million people in the UK, and 85% are undiagnosed.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is when the upper airways become partially or fully blocked, depriving you of oxygen. In turn, this causes breathing pauses (Apnoea events) which can happen up to 30 times per hour per night – or more.
OSA is a serious sleep disorder that can lead to other health conditions if not treated.
The most common symptoms of Sleep Apnoea include:
Taking a sleep test is the next step to get closer to treatment.
Many customers find us a fast and effective alternative to the NHS sleep clinic as the wait can be too long.
If you have decided to take our private In-Home Sleep Test, you will be given the option of a standard or rapid test.
Here we will explain the difference between the two.
What is an In-Home Sleep Test?
Our WatchPAT In-Home Sleep Tests monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, body position, movements, snoring intensity, and Peripheral Arterial Tone throughout the night.
You will receive a simple-to-use device to wear in your own bed for one night only – with easy-to-follow instructions.
You will need to wear the device around your wrist, a finger probe to monitor your pulse and a chest sensor to attach to your sternum.
Our detailed In-Home Sleep Test is an efficient and affordable way to identify if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
We understand that those with OSA or other sleep disorders suffer from broken sleep.
But, our Home Sleep Tests only require 4 hours of sleep to get a clear insight as to whether you have OSA. So if you wake up repeatedly, the data we collect from your test does not need to show consecutive sleep.
So, you don’t need to worry about getting a full 8 hours of sleep recorded.
We also require a simple patient consent form and questionnaire to be completed to assist with your results letter.
Once completed, your data is sent to one of our professional, NHS-trained sleep technicians to create an accurate sleep report for you.
Your results are only sent to you; we do not inform the DVLA.
It is entirely up to you who views your results.
Please note that we only supply tests for those 18 and over with a BMI under 45.
Rapid VS Standard In-Home Sleep Test
Many of our customers wonder what the difference is between our two options of tests – here is all you need to know:
Both of our tests provide the same accuracy for the same price.
Customers often ask why the devices are the same price; it is not the product but the expertise behind it. Both test data are reviewed by NHS-trained sleep technicians with a minimum of 5 years of experience.
The main difference between the two is the speed at which you will receive your results.
The rapid test is just how it sounds – rapid (receive results 1 to 3 days earlier).
The Rapid tests are completely Covid friendly.
They are for one use only and are to be disposed of after your data is transferred to us.
There’s no problem if you do not have a smart device or are not tech savvy.
The standard In-Home Sleep Test is just what you need; you will typically receive your results one working day later than those who take a rapid test.
The only difference is you will need to post the device back to us with the prepaid returns envelope – for our sleep technicians to read your data.
What happens after identifying OSA?
Around 77% of tests that are conducted confirm the presence of Sleep Apnoea. If your results identify that you have OSA, you will receive a follow-up call to guide you toward the best treatment.
There are different Sleep Apnoea severities: positional, mild, moderate and severe. The severity of your OSA will influence the treatment options you have.
The most common and effective way to treat Sleep Apnoea is CPAP therapy.
So once you have your results, we are here to help; you can send us any concerns or queries by contacting us.