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How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed?

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Your doctor will give you a checkup and ask about your sleep. You may need to spend a night in a sleep lab or have a sleep study done at your house. You’ll wear monitors to measure such things as:

  • Air flow
  • Blood oxygen levels
  • Breathing patterns
  • Electrical activity of the brain
  • Eye movements
  • Heart rate
  • Muscle activity
  • How many times your breathing was interrupted during sleep

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Sleep Apnea?;" “What Are Sleep Studies;” “Your Guide to Healthy Sleep;” and “Who Is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?”

UpToDate: “Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults.”

MedlinePlus: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 5, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Sleep Apnea?;" “What Are Sleep Studies;” “Your Guide to Healthy Sleep;” and “Who Is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?”

UpToDate: “Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults.”

MedlinePlus: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 5, 2019

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