Texarkana area residents suffering from sleep apnea have a new and convenient way to assess and seek treatment now that the Christus St. Michael Sleep Disorders Center is now offering an at-home sleep apnea testing option for their patients.

Christus St Michael's Kelly Johnson, RRT, RPSGT explains:

“Sleep is a very important part of your life and can either enhance or adversely affect your health and well-being. We work with adults and children with many types of symptoms related to sleeping disorders, such as poor sleep habits, insomnia or sleep apnea.”

But it can be difficult – especially for parents or those patients with unusual work schedules – to complete a sleep study in our lab,” said Johnson. “So, we have developed this program to make it more convenient to assess our patients and their ability to undergo these life-changing treatments.”

Sleep conditions such as sleep apnea can cause patients to lose valuable sleep at night. A lack of sleep can, in turn, have a negative impact on your health. The sleep specialists at Christus St. Michael Health System recognize the need for early diagnosis and treatment of sleep-related illness.

Home Sleep Apnea Testing is now available to qualifying patients18-years or older and involves a very simplified breathing monitor that tracks your breathing, oxygen levels and breathing effort while worn.

Experts advise that for individuals with certain heart, breathing, or neuromuscular problems, an overnight sleep study at a sleep center may be better. They can give a more thorough assessment of sleep issues and are attended by a sleep technologist which can capture many more signals, including brainwaves for sleep, muscle tone and leg movements.