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Sleep apnea discussion guide

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Talking to your doctor about sleep apnea

 

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, the next step is to see a physician, who can prescribe a sleep study to know for sure. The study is a simple, painless procedure that takes place in a dedicated facility or in your home. In order to make the most of your visit, please complete the steps below.

Find a sleep lab
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Take the test

If you have not already done so, please take our simple 9 question Sleep Apnea Risk Test and print out the results to take to your appointment.

 

Take the test now

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Talk to a physician

Contact a sleep physician in your area to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment with your primary care physician in the unlikely event that you can’t find a sleep physician in your area.
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Be prepared

Discuss your sleep apnea risk test results with the physician, who will likely schedule a sleep study. Remember, a sleep study is the only way to diagnose sleep apnea.

 

Learn what to expect

Be proactive. Ask your doctor about sleep apnea.

“Be proactive. Ask your doctor about sleep apnea.”

 

Find the motivation you need to start treatment from others who have had success.

 

Watch encouraging stories

Sleep apnea has been shown to co-exist with other medical conditions, such as:


  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

Successful sleep apnea treatment can lead to a number of benefits including:

 

  • Increased energy and attentiveness
  • Fewer morning headaches
  • Reduced irritability
  • Improved memory
  • Increased ability to exercise
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decreased risk of strokes and heart attacks
  • Increased effectiveness at home and at work
  • Improved overall quality of life

Talk to your doctor today about getting a sleep study. It's the first step to getting treated if you have sleep apnea, and it could help you lead a happier, healthier life.