Sleep chat

06 Jun

When you combine drugs that cause respiratory depression with someone that has untreated sleep apnea you create a life threatening situation.

The findings of this study revealed that opiate users exhibited central sleep apnea events that required a special device to stimulate a breath.

A polysomnogram is an in-lab overnight sleep study where physiological parameters are monitored such as airflow, oxygen levels, brain wave activity and respiratory effort.

For people that likely suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (most common) an in home sleep apnea test kit can be performed.

These incidents can last anywhere from 10 seconds up to a couple of minutes and can occur as often as every minute of sleep.

During an apnea event there is a drop in blood oxygen level and increased workload on the heart.