A new study from the Netherlands looks at detecting sleep apnea using a home sleeping testing system. The WatchPAT system uses ” a wrist-worn watch, a finger probe and a snoring sensor.”
The report discusses how important it is to detect and treat sleep apnea in people with Ds.
“Early detection and treatment of sleep apnea is important, because people with Down syndrome are more susceptible to cardiovascular and neurocognitive consequences of sleep apnea, such as short- and long-term memory problems and language impairments (Simpson et al., 2018). In addition, undiagnosed apnea can cause symptoms that could be erroneously attributed to other diseases, such as dementia (Moriconi et al., 2015). Moreover, sleep disorders may lead to behavioral problems (Dekker et al., 2015; Gimenez et al., 2021). Consequently, caregiving/support or treatment may be inappropriate leading to a reduced quality of life. Treating sleeping disorders may improve cognition and quality of life and may promote healthy aging in adults with Down syndrome (Giménez et al., 2018).”
This limited study found that this system may provide a way to detect sleep disorders at home.