Have you ever had a full night’s rest, or thought you did, and still woke up the next morning feeling as if you had been hit by a truck? Have you been told that you have a major snoring issue? Do you wake up with headaches so often that taking pain reliever when you wake up is a normal part of your day? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should go see your doctor about the possibility of having sleep apnea. This is a condition that can be treated and corrected, so as long as you have medical insurance, you will be able to get the tests you need for diagnosis and get the equipment necessary to treat the disorder.
The way that you get diagnosed as having sleep apnea is by going to a sleep center and having an overnight sleep study conducted. You will get to sleep in a room that is much like a hotel room. When the test begins, you will be hooked up with wires all over your head and chest that the technicians will monitor from a different room. You will also be under surveillance so they can see if you toss and turn a lot or possibly even sleep walk, which would also account for feeling tired the next day. As you can imagine, this test can be expensive so you will need medical insurance to be able to afford it unless they will do a payment plan for you.
After you get your sleep apnea diagnosis, your doctor will send you to a medical equipment store to get a CPAP machine. This machine will open your airways and ensure you do not stop breathing during sleep, which is the hallmark of sleep apnea. Again, these machines are expensive so you will likely require medical insurance to help pay for one. These machines take some time to get used to while you sleep because you will either wear a mask over your entire nose and mouth area or just over your nose.
Most sleep apnea cases are in those who are overweight or obese. So, in addition to using a CPAP machine, you will also need to lose weight. If you lose enough weight, you may eventually not need a CPAP machine at all. Usually your doctor will send you for another sleep study to make sure you are no longer exhibiting symptoms of the disorder to definitely keep that in mind as you will require medical insurance to help absorb some of the cost of the second sleep study.