Is a home sleep study for me?
Home sleep studies are not for all the patients; only a small group of patients qualify for a home sleep study. Basically, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that we should do home sleep study for a patient who has no cardiac or any other risk factors. For example, the right patient for home sleep studies are young patients whom I know definitely by doing a sleep study the patient has sleep apnea, so the clinical index of suspicion for sleep apnea in these patients is very high. They are young, and they don't have any of the cardiac or other respiratory problems that we will miss by not doing a formal sleep study.
Does everyone who snores have sleep apnea?
Not necessarily, but more than 90% of the people who snore have sleep apnea, and all sleep apnea patients snore, but snoring is one of the most common symptoms that patients come to me for an evaluation for sleep apnea, but a small proportion of patients who snore don't have sleep apnea, but that's up to a physician to decide whether they have it or not.
Is sleep apnea always related to obesity?
Same thing like snoring, obesity is the most common risk factor that predisposes someone for sleep apnea, but lean people can have sleep apnea too. So, new studies show that yes, obesity is related to sleep apnea, but not all obese patients have sleep apnea, and not all thin patients are free of sleep apnea either.
Does sleep apnea affect every age?
Yes, sleep apnea is one of those diseases that goes from kids to the elderly.