Healthy Living

For People with Sleep Apnea a Diagnosis May Be Life-Saving


Your doctor will diagnose the OSA and its severity both on the basis of your health history and by using some diagnostic equipment. The doctor would ask about the frequency of snoring; a number of times a person gets up during the night. In serious cases, aperson may be woken up by choking, several times during the night.

The two most common tests used for diagnosis are in-laboratory polysomnography and at home testing with portable monitors. Surely anyone would prefer to be testing at home, but it is polysomnography that is far superior as it provides much in-depth information to the doctor about the OSA and its seriousness (4).