Thank-you. I was not aware of the pulse oximeter.
It's the thing they put on the end of your finger. It measures not only the pulse, but the blood O2 saturation.
The main advantages to a sleep lab is they can detect what level of sleep, whether you are struggling to breathe, what your body position is during events, and if you have any body movements (jerking as your brain is trying to wake you up to breathe).
A good autoPAP can determine the difference between an obstructive event and a central event, can report on the length of time and the pressure needed to end the event, any hypopnea events.
If they agree to the autoPAP at home, request a ResMed S9 Autoset or the Resprionics System One Auto. Both are data capable and good machines.
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Breathe deeply and count to zen.
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