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Sleep Apnoea pre-diagnostic Screening Test for people who suspect they may be suffering from undiagnosed Sleep Apnoea. This test is NOT for people already on CPAP, as for accurate screening it would require not using CPAP for the test, which isn't recommended without the approval of your sleep doctor.
Please note that our charity have been fortunate in raising funding for new equipment, so you will be sent the upgraded model (PolyWatch) to that shown in the images. The website will be updated soon.
This SleepView Screener is a pre-diagnostic Sleep Apnoea Screening Test for adults who suspect they are sufferers of Sleep Apnoea. It will provide evidence for people as to whether they need to take further action in arranging a full Sleep Study, and/or for their GP's to refer them to a sleep clinic/hospital for an official diagnosis and treatment via the NHS. Apnoeas, hypopnoeas, low oxygen desaturations and pulse rate will be recorded but this test is not intended to identify the difference kinds of Sleep Apnoea, as below.
It is always advisable people are treated under the supervision of a registered sleep clinician, as there are different variations of Sleep Apnoea which often require more than just a straightforward CPAP machines for good therapy:-
Also, other underlying health conditions can often determine which type of machine people require, which is another reason to be treated by a qualified registered sleep clinican! (An an example, Kath Hope of Hope2Sleep was started on CPAP, moved to APAP followed by ASV (Adaptive Servo Ventilation) and is now currently on VPAP, so she is very grateful for being under good care by the NHS). Therefore, it is not our charity's recommendation that people undertake online sleep studies and purchase machines. It should also be noted that CPAP machines require prescribing by a qualified sleep clinician.
For people who only wish to check on oxygen desaturations please see the alternative screening test hire which is suitable for people already using CPAP.
This particular test is more accurate for detecting Sleep Apnoea than just a Pulse Oximetry test alone, due to it measuring nasal and mouth breathing, as using pulse oximetry alone as a pre-diagnosis is not always accurate, due to the fact that oxygen desaturations can also happen for other reasons. Also, not all apnoeas/hypopneas cause oxygen desaturations as often the body fights hard to keep oxygen levels maintained.
The device is sent out on loan for one night's use, and you are paying for the hire of the equipment, the subsequent data to be downloaded and the report compiled and issued with recommendations for your next action to be taken. You can see a brief sample of Page 1 of the report below:-
Due to the fact this sleep screening test is very popular, sometimes there is a delay before we can send a device out, but you will be informed via email when it has been sent with a tracking number provided.
I'd had a basic oximetry test via a NHS sleep clinic that showed no major issues with oxygen saturation. However, this more comprehensive test identified moderate sleep apnoea. The device is easy to use and surprisingly not uncomfortable to wear. The reports are very comprehensive but easy to understand and I'll be taking them to the sleep clinic to get further testing. If you need any advice Kath Hope (Hope 2 Sleep founder) is brilliant and very supportive.
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We're always pleased to help, and good luck in getting officially diagnosed and treated Peter....
I only had to wait a short time for the equipment. It was relatively straightforward to use and didn't disrupt my sleep and I received my report by email the day after I sent the equipment back.The results indicated that I do have sleep apnoea, and my daily struggle with tiredness at last makes sense. I now feel able to approach my GP without fearing that my concerns will be dismissed.I would definitely recommend this service to anyone who's concerned that they may have sleep apnoea. Thank you for giving me hope.
You're very welcome Ann and hope you get on good therapy soon and start to feel the benefits 😊
Equipment was easy to use, Kath was extremely helpful in all the communications, and it comes at a brilliant price compared to other places.Would recommend to anyone thinking they could have sleep apnea.
Excellent communication throughout, easy to use equipment and instructions. I had it for 2 nights and am very glad I did as had 2 quite different nights. This was not caused by the equipment but by me not having consistent sleep patterns and apnoea problems. It showed that I definitely have some issues so is nice to be able to move forward confidently while (still) waiting for the NHS sleep study.
Easy to use if a little fiddly at first.Excellent customer service from the get go with good communication and clear instructions and prompt service.Would definitely recommend.
Equipment arrived in excellent condition with very clear instructions on how to use it. I then returned the package the next day but got rather concerned when it seemed to get lost on the tracking for a few days, although it was sent back first class recorded. I think this was maybe Christmas post. I received wonderful support from "hope2sleep" to reassure me and as soon as they received the package back they sorted my results out straight away. I had been to see my doctor several times prior to using the Home screening service and every time I was dismissed as unimportant. This time I took a print out of my results in with me and the doctor has finally referred me to a clinic! I've no idea how long this will take but at least it's a positive result! (The doctor reassured me that I would wake up if I stopped breathing in the night as I was hoping to get to a clinic straight away! ) Thank you so much " hope2 sleep" you are amazing!
Pleased to have helped you Lesley and hope it won't be too long before you get the help you need.
I hired an overnight oximeter and cannula monitor for two nights; I have to say it was very straight-forward and simple to follow the instructions and successfully use the monitor. I did somehow manage to wear the cannula the wrong way round on the first night (with the mouth part facing away from my face!) but I entirely put that down to my ineptitude! The finger attachment did (on both nights) become uncomfortable to the point where a semi-conscious me took it off and therefore I missed an hour or so’s recording during this period. (There may be ways to alleviate this discomfort without interfering with the recording of the monitor, but to do so you’d need to seek advice from the charity). But overall I found the monitor to be lightweight and non-disruptive to my normal sleep – which turned out not to be as good as I’d thought.Overall, throughout my contacts with the charity, I feel I have to say how I cannot thank them (and Kath in particular) enough for everything they have done for me. The help, encouragement and advice which has been so fulsome and robust, has empowered me to seek further advice which may not only show that I am suffering with sleep apnoea, but also that it is a cause behind my diagnosed cardiomyopathy. This, despite being tested and “turned away” by a hospital which my GP described as a “gold standard” in sleep disorders. It is funny to think but worth saying that Kath and the Hope2Sleep charity have probably extended my life or, just maybe, saved it.
I tried this service after suspecting sleep apnoea but being unable to wholly convince my doctor. The apparatus arrived promptly and was not overly complicated or uncomfortable to use. I now have some very useful data which has helpedmy doctor to refer me upwards in the system.
After years of snoring and my wife mentioning I stopped breathing in my sleep I decided to get myself checked out. This unit was really affordable for testing, I went for a two night test to get more data. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow, the unit itself was not troublesome to wear and I soon forgot I had it on. In the morning I could see a graphic that indicated I had moderate to severe AHI. Getting the reports was extremely fast and the reports contained a wealth of data to help me understand what was happening each night. Kath was extremely helpful, friendly and supportive in getting this data back to me quickly. I would thoroughly recommend this unit and this website and charity. I will definitely use them again, in fact I already have. Great service.
The equipment arrived swiftly and in excellent condition. The instructions were clear and the process was simple. Within the space of a week I had conducted my sleep tests and received the results. I am now armed with the information I need to go and see my GP and finally get some quality of life back. Tired of being tired! Kath kindly answered my email queries efficiently and promptly. Excellent.
Good luck with the next stage Julianne. Best Wishes, Kath
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