Our Guide to Mastering Your Sleep Study in Kerrville, TX

The Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Generalized Snoring

Regular snoring is not considered to be a serious problem, however, unlike sleep apnea snoring, generalized snoring can be an early warning sign of existing sleep apnea. In fact, snoring affects up to 37 million Americans on a regular basis and 90 million Americans occasionally snore at some point in their lives with no serious medical consequences. However, combined with other symptoms it can indicate that it’s time to get screened for sleep apnea.

Factors related to generalized snoring include:

  • Sleeping position
  • Age
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Medication

Know the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Feeling exhausted every day isn’t normal. Especially if you snore, wake up constantly throughout the night, and gasp for air during sleep. These are all common symptoms of sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that can lead to serious health conditions and death.

If you notice the symptoms of sleep apnea in your life, seeking a sleep study is important to diagnose and treat your condition. Without undergoing a sleep study, Dr. Huff can’t recommend a treatment option for you without a concrete diagnosis.

What is a Sleep Study?

During a sleep study, the quality and quantity of sleep you’re getting will be monitored. Based on your oxygen levels, brain activity, and muscle movement, your physician can determine if you have a sleep disorder.

The study is normally conducted in an overnight sleep clinic, but it can also be done as a take-home test. Both types of sleep studies are valid and will get you one step closer to better sleep and a more fulfilling life.

The Sleep Study Process & How to Prepare

Your experience with a sleep study will vary depending on which type of study you choose. At a sleep clinic, all you have to do is show up, get comfortable, and fall asleep. Medical staff will make sure your room is quiet and safe, as well as set up the test for you.

With a take-home test, you’ll be able to sleep in the comfort of your own home. Setting up the test isn’t difficult and you’ll receive detailed instructions on how to ensure your results are accurate. After the test, return the equipment to your doctor for a diagnosis.

You don’t need to do much to prepare for your sleep study. It’s best if you stick to your regular daily schedule as much as possible so your results will reflect the sleep you normally get.

There are some actions to be aware of, though. We recommend limiting your intake of caffeine and sugar after lunch so you can fall asleep more easily. Napping can also impact the effectiveness of your sleep study by making it hard for you to fall asleep.

If you’re going to a sleep clinic, packing a bag full of essential items is recommended. Some of these items include comfortable clothing or pajamas, your toothbrush and hygiene items, and a way to relax, such as a reading book.

Frequently Asked Questions

You Can Sleep Peacefully

When the results of your sleep study come back, Dr. Huff can help you with treatment for sleep apnea. If you don’t have sleep apnea but snore, he can also provide a solution for snoring.

For more information about sleep studies or sleep apnea, call our office at (830) 896-8343. You can also fill out the contact form below and we’ll get right back to you.

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