Sleep Apnea Department

Snoring is mostly perceived as a nuisance for the life partner.

But it can also hide serious disorders such as sleep apnea. Basically, due to a serious degree of obstruction, the person stops breathing for a few seconds multiple times during sleep.

What do I have to do if I snore?

If you’re snoring, you need to address a doctor. He will ask a series of questions regarding your sleep and your daily habits. It’s to be accompanied by a family member that can provide more information about your sleep.

The doctor will fill out the Epworth Sleeping Score that tracks the risk of dozing off or falling aspleep in various situations.

You can do this test at home by yourself before seeing a doctor. If the score is higher than 10, you need to see a doctor immediately for further investigations.

What is the chance of dozing off or falling asleep in the following situations? Even if you haven’t been in one of the situations presented below, please think if you might fall asleep or doze off in any of them. Use the following scoring system (dozing off 0-3) to mark the risk of falling asleep in each situation:

  • Seating in an armchair reading
  • Watching TV
  • Waiting without doing anything in a public place (waiting room, theatre, movie)
  • As a passenger on a long journey > 1 hour (train, car)
  • Afternoon rest (when the situation allows it)
  • Seating and talking to someone
  • After a meal, without having any alcohol
  • In the car, stopped in traffic for a few minutes

Following these questions and a checkup, the doctor may suspect you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The doctor will then explain to you that you need to choose a night in which you will be admitted to the clinic in order to do the sleep apnea test. Following this night in which you will be monitored during your sleep, a diagnosis of whether or not you suffer from sleep apnea will be established and what is the best course of action if you snore without having sleep apnea, also what are the general rules you need to follow in order to prevent it from evolving.

The polifraf used at Cardiorec, Philips Alice PDx, is a latest generation portable device that has been awarded the Gold Medal at the New York Medical Device Conference.

It monitors your sleep, your breathing during sleep, the air flow of the mouth and nose, thoracic and abdominal movements, oxygen flow and pulse.

The device does not use any invasive techniques, or needles, syringes, cannulas, different substances or medications.

Preparing for the test:

  • On the day of the test you need to avoid having coffee, black tea, cola after lunch
  • Avoid alcohol consumption
  • Do not sleep during the day even if you’re sleepy
  • It is best to inform the doctor who filled out your checkup form if you’re taking any medication and to decide together with him if they should be discontinued until the test or not.