Understanding AHI

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How the Apnea–Hypopnea Index Is Used to Improve Your Sleep Quality and Safeguard Your Health

Evaluations for sleep-related problems often center on a measurement called AHI. This stands for “Apnea-Hypopnea Index,” and it charts how many times in an hour your body experiences an inability to breathe normally while you sleep.

Hypopnea is difficulty breathing due to a partial collapse of an airway; apnea is the inability to breathe due to a complete collapse of an airway. During these events, it’s common to snore loudly or wake up. In extreme cases, sleep apnea poses a grave danger.

CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, is helpful in keeping your airway open and allowing a restful night’s sleep.

Monitoring AHI before treatment determines how much pressure is needed to keep your airway open. More than five episodes of hypopnea or apnea during an hour of sleep is abnormal in healthy adults.

You can perform these tests at home using our Home Sleep Test package. We will also coordinate with a board-certified sleep specialist to determine whether your results point to a sleeping disorder and if so, we can recommend proper treatments. However, you may also order using a diagnosis and prescription provided by your doctor.

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Monitoring AHI during treatments helps determine the effectiveness of those treatments. Modern machines can also adjust pressure while you sleep, thus increasing pressure during a hypopnea or apnea event and lowering pressure again once you are breathing normally.

Safeguard your health and enjoy a satisfying night’s sleep. Get the help you need with less hassle at a lower cost. Contact CPAPmyway.com today.