Snoring And Apnoea Blog

Sleep Studies For Snoring And Apnoea

Posted on Mon, Apr 11, 2011

Sleep studies for snoring and apnoea are critical.

At The Sleep Therapy Clinics we often get calls from patients requesting treatment without having first undertaken a sleep study.  One every occasion, we refuse to treat them until they first do a diagnostic sleep study or polysomnogram.

The reason is simple:  In a study published recently in the Journal of Laryngology & Otology, a cohort of 31 supposed ‘simple snorers’ underwent overnight sleep studies (otherwise known as polysomnograms or PSG) to determine the real nature of their condition.  

The sleep studies found that only two were actually ‘simple snorers’.

Of the remainder, two suffered from upper airway resistance syndrome.  Nine (29 per cent) of the patients suffered from mild obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).  Seven (22.6 per cent) suffered from moderate OSA, and 11 (35.5 per cent) suffered from severe OSA.

The simple fact is, it's virtually impossible to determine whether a person is experiencing 'simple snoring', or the vastly more serious 'obstructive sleep apnoea' without first conducting a sleep study. 

Given the serious consquences of OSA, the study clearly demonstrates why sleep studies must form part of the assessment and treatment pathway even for supposed ‘simple snoring’.

Snoring is a loud, clear signal that the airflow into the body is disturbed.  If you snore, or know someone who does, arrange a sleep study for them.  With modern diagnostic technology, this can even be done in the comfort and privacy of their own bedroom so no overnight stay in hospital-based environment is required.

For further information, contact The Sleep Therapy Clinic.  Our friendly and caring treatment coordinators will organise all of the details for you, including the documentation necessary to get Medicare coverage.

Tags: PSG, Sleep studies, polysomnogram, sleep study

Why Sleep Studies Are Necessary Before Treating Snoring

Posted on Mon, Oct 04, 2010

In a study published recently in the Journal of Laryngology & Otology, a cohort of 31 supposed ‘simple snorers’ underwent overnight polysomnograms (PSG) to determine the real nature of their condition.  

The sleep studies found that only two were actually ‘simple snorers’.

Of the remainder, two suffered from upper airway resistance syndrome, nine (29 per cent) suffered from mild obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), seven (22.6 per cent) suffered from moderate OSA, and 11 (35.5 per cent) suffered from severe OSA.

That means 93.5% of the patients who thought they were simply dealing with an embarrassing noise ... were actually dealing with a serious health issue.  

And that's not to say 'simple snoring' isn't bad enough anyway.  The reality is snoring is clear evidence of an impaired airflow anyway.  While there might not be any obstructions or breathing stoppages, the extra effort required to breathe still takes its toll on the sufferer.  There are no circumstances when that can be considered healthy.

It is virtually impossible to determine whether OSA exists without conducting a diagnostic sleep study (PSG), and given the serious consquences of OSA, the above-mentioned study clearly demonstrates why sleep studies must form part of the assessment and treatment pathway even for supposed ‘simple snoring’. 

Don't be tempted to 'skip' this step in your treatment pathway ... and be very wary of any treatment provider who tries to persuade you that a preliminary sleep study is not necessary.  

For more details, visit:

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=405553

Tags: PSG, Sleep studies, polysomnogram, sleep study