In the UK alone, it is estimated two million people suffer from mild to severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). As well as heavy snoring, one of the major symptoms is fatigue due to sleep deprivation. This fatigue sees a 6-fold increased risk of road traffic accidents due to poor concentration from OSA or from falling asleep at the wheel. The significant impact of sleep apnoea makes sleep testing crucial for diagnosing the disorder.
People Waiting Too Long for NHS Testing
It is reported OSA sufferers in the UK can wait for up to two years to receive the treatment they require through the NHS. A report from the BBC in 2020 shows this issue (please see the link below for the full story).
BBC: Up to two-year wait for sleep apnoea treatment
Here’s the problem: The delay can include the time waiting for an initial appointment at a hospital following a GP referral – and then a further wait before seeing a sleep specialist. This can be compounded by more waiting time before a sleep clinic can see you. Plus, with the recent concerns over social distancing, many sleep clinics are not available. As diagnosis is key to applying the correct treatment for a patient’s severity of their OSA, speed of testing for the disorder is also crucial.
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea include fatigue, loud snoring, interruptions to sleep, poor concentration, increased irritability, and morning headaches. Follow the link to learn more : OSA Symptoms
In-Home Sleep Test for a Faster Result
Intus Healthcare offers a detailed in-home sleeping test which is easy to perform and, as the name suggests, can be completed from the comfort of your own home. A test through the NHS will usually require an overnight stay at a sleep clinic. Instead, it’s possible to get tested in the comfort of one’s own bed!
An Intus In-Home Sleep Test Expedites the Results
Anybody who suspects they may have the disorder should consult with their doctor as soon as possible. However, there are also in-home sleep testing kits which can offer a diagnosis — and provide it in a quicker time compared to the NHS.
The in-home sleep-test is a highly convenient first step towards diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnoea. You can order the test online and have it delivered to your door.
Author Jenny Hall