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Detecting SDB made easier with ApneaLink Air

A good night’s sleep is a way to healthy being. This can be well seen among those suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA has been one of the major conditions leading to hypertension,depression, heart disease as well as diabetes. However, with the coming in of new technology, sleep testing has undergone a radical change and has become much easier. Detecting sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is now made easier with the coming in of new device ApneaLink Air.

Manufactured by ResMed, the ApneaLink Air is a painless, discreet and simple-to-use home sleep testing device that provides reliable results.The ApneaLink Air device is a small device about the size of a mobile phone. The device comes with a belt, oximeter and reusable finger sensor. The device is attached to a broad belt around the waist. A tube connected to the device is then inserted into the nose and a finger pulse sensor is clipped to the index finger. The device records the number of pauses in your breath and the duration as you doze.

Once the device is put around, you need to press and hold the power button in the centre of the device for about three seconds or until the light turns on. Once you have started the test, one can go to sleep as normal. The lights on the device will dim after 10 minutes. If one has to get up during the night for any reason, they can leave the device on unless one does not intend to go back to sleep. One can remove the oximeter finger sensor if you need to go to the bathroom or wash their hands.

The device collects information related to how much and how well you breathe at night. ApneaLink Air records the following data: patient respiratory nasal airflow, snoring, blood oxygen saturation, pulse and respiratory effort during sleep. The device uses these recordings to produce a report for the health care professionals (HCP) that may aid in the diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing or for further clinical investigation. The device is intended for home and hospital use and can be used under the direction of a HCP. ApneaLink Air is a convenient and easy way to get tested for sleep apnea in the comfort of one’s bedroom.

After the test is completed what one needs to do is check the ApneaLink Air device with the concerned HCP or an expert in the concerned technology and get the sleep data analyzed and reviewed.  The concerned expert will be providing an easy-to-read report that outlines whether one is at risk of OSA and accordingly the treatment can be planned. Meanwhile, yet another major advantage of the device is that it is available at affordable cost as compared to other expensive sleep laboratories where sleep apnea is diagnosed.



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Luna Dewan

Luna Dewan

With six years of her journalism experience, Luna Dewan has worked for leading print media like the New Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle and DNA. She has been writing on healthcare, environment and various other civic issues. She is now with as the Assistant Editor.

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