Questions? Feedback? powered by Olark live chat software Can a Patch Diagnose Sleep Apnea?Sleep Source

Can a Patch Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

Posted On March 2, 2014
March 02, 2014

The medical community is always looking at ways to help raise awareness about sleep apnea, which is defined as the cessation of breathing during sleep due to an obstruction. It is estimated that 80 percent of sleep apnea sufferers are actually not diagnosed and have not sought treatment. The concern comes from the fact that when left untreated, sleep apnea causes people to be at a higher risk for life-threatening diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and diabetes. For an accurate diagnosis of sleep apnea, doctors have long recommended a sleep study (or polysomnogram). A sleep study can be performed overnight in a sleep lab or an individual can take home a kit and test in the comfort of his or her own bed. But new on the horizon to test possible sufferers of sleep apnea is a patch. But can a patch really diagnose sleep apnea?

A company out of Mountainview, Calfornia, Somnarus, believes it has a product that fits the bill. According to the company, the SomnaPatch is easy to use, accurate and medical insurance reimbursement would be guaranteed.

How Can a Patch Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

The SomnaPatch has all of its electronic components packed into the adhesive material that the sleep apnea sufferer wears akin to a Band-Aid. With its ease of use and comfort, patients are more compliant. Thus the data required for an accurate diagnosis is easily gathered and compiled without having to be troubled by wires.

Additionally, the patch was designed to classify the severity of sleep apnea with the intention that the sleep apnea patient would not need another test to decide if the course of treatment should be continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

Currently, the SomnaPatch is undergoing clinical trials to compare its value as a diagnostic tool to a traditional sleep study. If the results are successful, Somnarus anticipates the patch being available as a sleep apnea diagnostic tool by July 2014.

If you believe you have sleep apnea and would like to know for sure, contact one of our medical concierges today at 1-855-863-4537 to schedule a free consultation.



About Phoebe Ochman

Phoebe Ochman, Director of Communications for Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America, manages all content and communications for the company.
  • Make Sleep a Priority in 2016

    Dec 30, 2015
    You say you want to bring in the New Year with a positive life change that will benefit you and your health. One of the most beneficial resolutions to your overall health is changing your sleep habits. For years you have heard that sleep is important, but have you really executed a plan to make […]

    Living With Panic Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Dec 17, 2015
    The sun is shining and the sky is blue. Keeping the top down on your convertible is a foregone conclusion. But wait, your palms become clammy, your heart starts to race, you can’t quite catch your breath and you have a sense of unexplainable danger. What is wrong? You might have just experienced a panic […]

    Somniphobia: Can People be Too Scared to Sleep?

    Nov 04, 2015
    You are addicted. You admit it. You can’t seem to get enough of the hit TV shows American Horror Story or The Walking Dead. After binge watching for 6 hours, you have finally unlocked somniphobia. But somniphobia isn’t just about getting to the end of a new series. Somniphobia is something real to people who […]

    Incidence of Gout Double for Sleep Apnea Sufferers

    Oct 29, 2015
    A recent study out of the UK has shown risk of developing gout was up to 60% higher among patients with sleep apnea versus individuals without sleep apnea. Gout is a complex form of arthritis that causes the body to make an excess of uric acid causing pain at the base of the joints. Sleep […]
  • About Us

    Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America was founded for the sole purpose of providing superior sleep solutions for our patients to improve their overall quality of life.

    We seek to gain a thorough understanding of each patient’s sleep disorder and individual medical needs in order to provide the best care and treatment solutions available to effectively treat their sleep condition.
  • What We Do

    We offer a unique and comprehensive form of sleep apnea treatment that effectively seeks to cure sleep apnea over the course of an average of 6 treatments.

    Having the ability to significantly impact our patients’ lives for the better through improved sleep and minimizing health risks is something that we take great pride in. Please take a look at what our patients are saying and view some of our Sleep Apnea success stories.
  • Contact Us


    Email (required)


Copyright © 2013 Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America | Website | Powered by AHP