Home sleep study equipment needed

A leading doctor has warned that people with an undiagnosed and untreated sleep condition are as dangerous on the roads as drink drivers.

People with sleep apnoea, a condition which causes difficulty breathing while sleeping, are seven times more likely to cause car accidents due to extreme fatigue.

Saving lives through a better night's sleep

Home sleep study kits could be the answer

Grant Webber (28) a patient at UHS explains, “The GP referred me for a sleep study, but it was three months before I was seen for an initial consultation. I didn’t feel comfortable and struggled to sleep. They didn’t get much of a reading at all and asked me back to do a second study, but the same thing happened.

I decided to leave it for six months, but the fatigue was all encompassing and I went back to Dr Dennison. I decided to have the test at home and slept so much better in my own bed. And it came back with a reading that I had sleep apnea – I was stopping breathing whilst asleep, nine times every hour. I had a reason why I was so tired at last!”

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According to the Office of Health Economics for the British Lung Foundation “investing more in awareness, diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea could save the NHS up to £28 million and prevent up to 40,000 road traffic accidents a year.”

Dr Dennison, with the help of Southampton Hospitals Charity, is currently fundraising for five home sleep study kits.