The American Sleep Apnea Association has a 10-minute color video that explains, in lay terms, what sleep apnea is, what its consequences may be, how diagnostic testing is performed, different treatment options, and how cpap works.
In the video, the patient with sleep apnea and physician answer in a reassuring manner commonly asked questions about the diagnosis and treatment. In addition, viewers are likely to understand sleep apnea better by actually seeing a “graphic dummy” have hypopneas and apneas and by seeing someone undergo overnight testing and use CPAP than by hearing a verbal explanation or reading a pamphlet.
You can view the sleep apnea video on Vimeo.
The video is also available in Spanish language version, view that version on Vimeo.
(This video was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Cephalon, Inc.)