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Epworth Sleepiness Test

If you suspect you may have Sleep Apnoea, you can fill in the online Pictorial Epworth Sleepiness Scale directly on the British Lung Foundation's website and an immediate calculation will be made with results shown, suggesting if you need to take further action.  The Epworth Test is usually one of the first steps your GP or other medic will ask you to complete before being referred for a full Sleep Study.
 
 
You can also take a simple overnight Home Screening Sleep Test to check if you do have Sleep Apnoea.  These are particularly helpful for persuading your GP to send you to for a full sleep study at your nearest sleep clinic, or perhaps for convincing yourself that you need to take action!

IF YOUR EPWORTH SCORE SHOWS THAT YOU COULD POSSIBLY BE AN UNDIAGNOSED SUFFERER OF SLEEP APNOEA, PLEASE, FOR YOUR SAKE AND YOUR FAMILY'S, DO NOT IGNORE YOUR SYMPTOMS, AND SEEK MEDICAL HELP NOW!!

The Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, as part of King`s Health Partners in collaboration with the British Lung Foundation (BLF), have been working on an important project to screen for excessive daytime sleepiness online, a symptom that is frequently associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.  Since 2011 more than 28,000 subjects have been screened using an online version of the  Epworth Sleepiness Scale - a questionnaire validated for Sleep Apnoea.
The collaboration is designed to reach out nationwide to raise awareness of Sleep Apnoea and is constructed along the awareness campaign of the BLF for Sleep Apnoea. Since the beginning of 2012 age and gender information is collected to map out the symptom and understand the problems it causes on a public health scale.
First results of this project are accepted for presentation at the Winter Conference of the British Thoracic Society in early December in London.

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Glassdaisy joined The SleepGuide Crew's group
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Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"Its me not the machine. The S9 has been checked by Resmed and no fault was found but the circuit board was changed as a precaution. I have used another S9 but had the same problem. I have been told by the hospital that despite my AHI being under 1…"
Tuesday
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"Don't rule out a fault with the machine or restricted airflow. I would also not rule out that you might be one of the few that needs a different machine. In any case, it should not go to 20 and sit there, I would get it checked or replaced. If…"
Tuesday
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"Before I make a decision I am going to try something different. I have noticed that when it goes up to 20 most times it has done so when the pressure has dropped to minimum which is 12 at present. I will increase the minimum pressure to 14 so…"
Monday
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I think its time to make a decision. Either buy another make of APAP or get referred to another hospital which supplies a different make"
Monday
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"That is hard to believe.  A pressure of 20 is quite high and very few require that amount of pressure. 1 ltr/min is nothing, the machine should cope with that without any problems at all. A lot of people get mixed up with pressure and…"
Sunday
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I thought I had this problem solved but it got stuck at 20 again last night. My 95% pressure was 19, AHI  0.1 and leak 1 l/min. Sleepyhead shows that it was stuck at 20 for approx 30 mins ."
Sunday
Debra Wells is now a member of Hope2SleepGuide
Nov 9
Sleep2snore replied to Ruth Furniss's discussion Cold air
"Don't know what machine ou have, but a heated hose can help a lot. You can get them as a stand alone but it is not ideal. If your machine has the facility for a heated hose it might be worth the investment. Heating the room will help."
Oct 30
Sleep2snore replied to Renee Rowlands's discussion Recommendation please for Oximeter purchase.
"There are plenty on the market, but one thing I would make sure it did was to store the data for printing or downloading. There are plenty that say they do this and don't, so be aware of buying off Amazon or Ebay."
Oct 28
Kath Hope replied to Ruth Furniss's discussion Cold air
"Like you say yourself Ruth, warming up the bedroom will help, but also if you don't have a heated humidifier then that would help - as will covering the tube with a Hose Cover."
Oct 28
Steve Bacall is now a member of Hope2SleepGuide
Oct 28
Ruth Furniss posted a discussion

Cold air

Hi I have sleep apnoea & Copd this is my first winter using cpap, found it very hard to sleep last night because of breathing in cold air was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to warm the air up besides sleeping in a warm room? I…See More
Oct 28
Mark Darbyshire is now a member of Hope2SleepGuide
Oct 20
Bill Thomson added a discussion to the group Buy-Sell-Swap
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ResMed DC-DC converter for S9

I have for sale a converter which allows the S9 machine, which requires a 24v supply, to run from a vehicle 12v or 24v DC socket, or direct from a 12v battery. The converter can power a humidifier and heated tube as well as the CPAP machine,…See More
Oct 13
Bill Thomson joined The SleepGuide Crew's group
Oct 13
Sleep2snore replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Cure for wind
"It would depend if there was a smell or not "
Oct 9
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I'll be interested to know what you have found.  Give it time so you can prove what is happening. I had my machine pulse at full pressure for the second time when it was switched on, turning it off then on again a couple of times with a…"
Oct 9
Mark bowerman is now a member of Hope2SleepGuide
Oct 9
Renee Rowlands posted a discussion

Recommendation please for Oximeter purchase.

Hello everyone!I would very much like to check my oxygen levels during the night.  Can anyone recommend an Oximeter to purchase please?My mask is a F&P Brevida which has soft straps and one of the straps slips up my head during the night, making…See More
Oct 7

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