It is a very common sleep disorder, mostly in men. With this disorder, people snore in their sleep, and after sleeping, they experience lack of sleep and lethargy during the day. Apnea is associated with a large number of interruptions in breathing during sleep, resulting in oxygen deprivation, changes in heart rate and BP imbalances.
Long pauses in breathing during sleep, i.e. those lasting more than 10 seconds, are divided into types:
– Obstructive apnea. Its most common cause lies in the area of ENT diseases. In sleep, muscle tone decreases, causing the airways to constrict. The same cause of apnea is overweight, malformations of the tongue and palatine uvula.
– Central apnea
Quality of sleep and breathing during sleep is important for our daily mental and physical activity. Quality of sleep directly affects the quality of life. In very rare cases, failure to treat apnea can lead to fatal consequences.
Choking, shallow sleep leads to a significant decrease in the quality of sleep, and as a consequence, constant sleepiness during the day.
Very often, it is an obstruction of the upper airways, the pharynx, which is compensated during the day, but reappears during sleep.
Sleep apnea most often has a family factor.
People close to the patient, who are in constant contact with the patient, notice signs of sleep apnea (snoring and difficulty breathing). Without them, the patient may often not even be aware that he or she is experiencing sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can be of varying degrees of severity. An examination is necessary to choose the best treatment.
If you have a mild degree of apnea, you will probably be advised to adjust your lifestyle:
For more severe sleep apnea, our specialist will create a personalized treatment protocol for you to reduce or eliminate this disorder:
Our portable polysomnography is the first and only one in Switzerland
We offer our patients the use of our portable polysomnography for the early diagnosis of sleep apnea.
The polysomnography can be done quickly and comfortably for 1 or maximum 2 nights with a stay followed by a consultation with our physician.
In order to carry out the examination, we attach our small device to the patient’s chest before sleep. The patient sleeps with the device one or two nights. The next day, the client returns the device to us. We will send to the client a medical report from our attending physician with an opinion about the quality of sleep, potential risks and recommendations for correction.
Cost of the examination with our machine, specialist consultation and discharge CHF 980.00