Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Can a Smartphone Catch Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

ZeeAppnea is a new app available for most smartphones that can detect lapses and other changes in breathing that indicate sleep apnea. In a recent interview with Medgadget, the physician who developed ZeeAppnea said it was the only app-based screening tool for sleep apnea symptoms available.

After downloading the app, users simply take earbuds with microphone capability and place them directly below the nostrils. The earbuds are held in place overnight by hooking the cords over the ears and affixing the cords to the cheeks with tape or an adhesive bandage.

The first alert for someone with sleep apnea symptoms is often a significant other whose sleep suffers because of their partner’s abnormal breathing. Some of the most common signs bedmates cite with concern include:

  • Snoring
  • Sudden stops and starts to breathing
  • Tossing and turning
  • Starting awake and gasping for breath
  • Irritability and other mood changes
In the past, sleep apnea patients simply had another person’s word that they had a problem. Some were incredulous, ignoring symptoms until the condition started having a negative impact on their overall health.

With smartphone technology like ZeeAppnea, hopefully the number of people with undiagnosed sleep apnea symptoms will decrease. However, there is no substitution for a sleep study and consultation with an experienced specialist. Call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak to a qualified sleep doctor in your area.

posted by Admin at 8:01 AM