Skip to Content

Apnea Monitors


An apnea monitor is a device that measures how well you breathe. Healthcare providers read the information collected by the device to plan treatment. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing one or more times while you sleep. You may stop breathing for 5 to 20 seconds, and wake up several times to catch your breath.


If an alarm is activated:

Stay calm and try to wake the person. Do not shake your baby to wake him. You can cause serious injury.

  • Call 911 if you see any of the following signs of an emergency:
    • Red or blue face
    • Eyes stare straight ahead
    • Stiff posture
    • No chest movement

What may trigger the alarm:

  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Shallow breathing
  • Very slow or very fast heartbeat
  • No breathing for 5 seconds or longer
  • Little or no power left in the battery
  • No electricity coming from the power outlet
  • Wires attached to the person loosen or fall off

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You cannot make it to your next follow-up visit.
  • You have questions about how to use the monitor.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • The person cannot be woken up or does not respond when you talk to him.
  • The person is not breathing.
  • The person turns blue, or does not move.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.