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Anyone here have sleep apnea?

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posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 01:34 AM
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Pretty much every young lady that I've spent the night with in the last ten years (the number is higher than 0 smartasses) has told me I stop breathing in the middle of the night, that I snore pretty loud, and I wake up pretty often gasping in air. One time I woke up and I couldn't breathe in for almost 30 seconds. Scared the CRAP out of me. Wake myself up snoring pretty often. Mid snore.

I remember living in a top unit condo. I was good friends with the couple downstairs, mentioned I had woke myself up snoring, and said something about my snoring too loud. The woman goes "I know.".

I can fall asleep on my back really fast, but inevitably end up gasping for air and waking myself up within probably seconds. WAY harder to fall asleep on my stomach or side, but that's how I have to do it. I can't remember the last time I slept without taking diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or drinking (and I know these make symptoms worse).

I've always had a hard time sleeping, but these symptoms have gotten way worse recently. My blood pressure also went through the roof recently. I wake up and am aware of it at least 5 times a night, and I've been feeling like I haven't slept.

I went to the doctor today because my allergies were killing me, and I wasn't entirely sure what I should take and had a weird rash I've never had before on my forearm. I mentioned the sleep thing, and she told me I definitely need a sleep study, and that it may have a huge impact on my blood pressure. The more I read up on it, the more I think this could be a life changing thing.

I talked with a few people I know that had the study done, both at home and in a lab. One person told me it changed his life completely after he got a CPAP machine.

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-What was the study like? I'd much rather do an at home study, and my doctor indicated it was likely my issue is severe enough that this is an option. Even if I stayed awake for two nights, I almost guarantee I wouldn't fall asleep in a clinic environment. I know everyone says that, but I can stay awake for a bizarre amount of time when I'm uncomfortable. I went 3 nights once.

-If you have a CPAP machine, how long did it take you to get used to? I hate wearing a shirt to sleep, so having a face mask/nose mask seems like it would be a problem. I can't even wear a watch. My hope is that being able to lay on my back without gasping for air would negate my issues. Anyone else have these problems?

-If you have a CPAP machine, did it change your life? I'm so sick of being tired when I get up.

-Were you offered an option between at home or clinic? I have insurance, but it appears it's still going to be way cheaper to do an at home thing. I'm not nervous about doing the clinic thing, I just highly doubt I would sleep. I'm fine with paying for it too, but if I can save $1,000 I would prefer it.

-Do you feel like a weirdo? I'm single right now, and feel like having a lady over would get weird if I had to go all Vader. I suppose any woman worth being with wouldn't care, but I'm not always looking for Mrs. Right. I feel like it sucks to have your normal be reliant on a machine.

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TL;DR

From my doctor visit to my Googling, it seems like I probably need a CPAP machine. Looks like it could lower my blood pressure, help me to feel like less of a zombie in the morning, elevate my mood, and one thing I saw said something about extending life ten years not to mention not waking up 10 times a night. What was your experience with CPAP?

Really appreciate replies. I'm 30ish, about 15 pounds overweight, fairly active, eat pretty well, and just want a good sleep.




posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 01:51 AM
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My wife had sleep apnea for years
Dr. requested an in clinic study. Wife had the same feelings you did. Will not sleep. Asleep in minutes . All the study is , is a monitoring of a person asleep for one night.
Recommended my wife get a CPAP . Same thing. I cant sleep with that on. Asleep within 5 minutes with that thing on
Used it every time for sleep and naps.
After about a year , no more sleep apnea. Now , she refuses not to wear it.

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posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 01:57 AM
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Do yourself a favor and do it. Your heart will thank you, and your mind will thank you. I'm about to pass out but I gotta put my mask on first.

The test is cake it is an at home test usually. it goes across your chest and into your nose---the test does

I'm still not totally used to my machine but I am required to wear it 5 hours a night 80% of the time for my insurance. And yes it is amazing!!! I seriously wake up refreshed and ready in the mornings. You can really feel the difference.

I am a mouth breather so I wear a full face mask which sucks. But I am getting used to it. they try to make the masks as comfortable as possible but when you wake up you feel the mask.

Before the machine, I hadn't slept in the same bed as my wife regularly in over a year. Now we're sleeping in the same bed again and yes she says I sound like Darth Vader now when breathing but its better than snoring/not breathing



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 02:22 AM
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I have severe sleep apnea for 15 years.

I would most likely be dead now if it wasn't for my CPAP machine.

The sleep test is simple...they hook you up with a bunch of electrodes and you go to sleep.


The only real advice I can give is to go with a ResMed full face mask... I tried everything else and that's the only thing that works for me.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 03:12 AM
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Got diagnosed about 10 years ago. Now I can't sleep at all without my machine, even the sound of rushing air from it is enough to switch me off now. You may have to experiment with your mask style, Some people can get away with nose prongs only, others can only manage if their mouth, like me, is covered too.

The only thing I have noticed that is odd now is that I don't seem to dream like I used to, almost as if I'm diving into slow wave Delta sleep very fast. I only dream that I remeber if I have woken early and go back to sleep for an hour.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 03:15 AM
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a reply to: Domo1

have you gone to see a respiratory specialist or a sleep specialist?

i would head the words of people around you, if they tell you that you stop breathing you NEED to tell your doctor that, it sounds like it isn't being helped with your CPAP.

do you have any heart issues? or diabetes



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 03:29 AM
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a reply to: Domo1

I have sleep aponea and nearly killied myself falling to sleep at the wheel (chopped down a power pole and flipped the car over).

I now have a CPAP machine and sleep reasonably well (I don't snore at all with the machine).

Took ages to find the right mask because with all the years of stopping of breathing, I had developed a phobia of claustraphobia/suffocation.

I use a nasal only mask/adapter and all's good.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 03:55 AM
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I have this issue.. but pretty well managed since it's been an issue going back to when I was in 5th grade.. it's my version of "normal" even though I know it's not .. fortunately my relationships were and are very understanding



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 04:11 AM
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a reply to: Domo1

I have it. Get your family doctor to give you a referral to a sleep lab where you get diagnosed and your pressure level for the CPAC prescribed, then get your machine, mask and hose. Take a little bit to get used to, but once you do, will sleep like a baby.

I've been using CPAC as an air stint for 33 years now. Saved my life.

Most people have slight apnea, and snore etc. but not me any more. I have a kind of assisted breathing apparatus, and don't snore, breath perfectly while sleeping.

If you don't do it, and get on the CPAP, then it will weaken your heart over time, and cut your lifespan dramatically.

I LOVE my sleeping machine!

It was the same with me, people saying I snored way too loudly, stopped breathing and kind of convulsed to wake up enough to start breathing again.

I was also tired all the time, and was always drifting off during the day, watching TV etc. Often awakened in a type of disoriented terror. It was horrible.

Plus, the lack of continuous REM sleep, and regenerative, dreamless sleep, will drive a person crazy.

It's a real blessing to have diagnosed sleep apnea and then to get a better sleep than the average Joe.

Don't not get it taken care of.

Some leave it due to resistance to the idea of the CPAC machine, but that's a stupid and terrible mistake.

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posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 04:48 AM
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I'm new to having sleep apnea. But i had an at home study. It was odd. You wear a mask and a finger sensor connected to a small box on your chest. I then had to have an in lab study done in order for them to figure out the pressure i needed. Thats a little more uncomfortable but bearable. You are hooked up to a cpap machine and are hooked up to about 3 miles of wires.

I got my cpap (off the top of my head i know its a phillips and has a built in humidifier. Its very quiet. Easy to clean. The mask i use is a newer style "full face mask" don't let the name scare you. It covers your mouth and your nose sits on top of it. Also the hose attaches to the top of your head which makes you almost forget it's there. I have no idea how to embed so I'll give you the link to the mask.

buyminicpap.com... QYByABEgJbTPD_BwE

But please get your self checked out. Sleep apnea isn't something to play with.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 04:48 AM
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Well, thanks OP, this thread answered a lot of my own questions.

Like you, I just cannot sleep on my back. Been advised to have a sleep study done, but also like you, I cannot sleep in a strange place like that. I spent a night in ICU a few years ago, and the slightest noise woke me. And also I stay awake insane amounts of time, usually to push myself to the end so I can at least pass out, but even then I wake up a few hours later, tired but unable to sleep.

On my side or stomach, I can get naps, but my neck and shoulder are killers and wake me up also. often I just get up, grab a coffee and forget it. Or I hit the bottleshop and imbibe poison that wakes me up with extreme negativity.

I tried those mouth guard type things, that push your lower jaw forwards, that seems to work, but you have to mould it correctly to your teeth, and even then, I found my lower jaw slipping past it..

I just couldn't work out how a CPAP machine would help, given it feels as if my throat closes when I finally slip into slumber, which wakes me up instantly. I know losing the extra 7 tires I've gained in the last year or so would help. But sleep has become a nightmare for me. I literally dread it. And I can't do the OTC antihistamine remedy. I build tolerance to them in a day or two.

Good reading others positive experiences... I'll need good rest with upcoming things.




posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 05:47 AM
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I recently had a sleeping study in a clinic, and got the diagnosis. They say I need a CPAP machine, but am wondering if a mouth piece can be a good alternative. I've seen online that there are different types. One type has a small lip hanging down from the back of it that keeks the back of your tongue from touching your throat. Anyone have any knowledge/experience with those.

Thanks for the thread!

Soulwaxer



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 05:52 AM
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I got tested for it back years ago, I flunked the test. The woman who was giving the test said I had it, I asked if the fact I had whiplash and had to turn frequently and couldn't sleep more than four hours because my neck gave me headaches had anything to do with it. She asked why I was there, I told her my doctor thought I needed this test because I could not sleep because of the neck and head pain. She was pretty upset that she had just wasted her time.

Finally a year later, after being finally allowed to go to the chiropractor with the referral of a neurologist, I got my occiput back in place and it was a lot better, one twist of the neck by the chiropractors brother while he was gone on vacation fixed my problem, the owner of the business wouldn't even touch it, he adjusted everything else. He saw a cash cow I guess, double insurances paid everything. I thanked his brother and I did not need to go back anymore, the first ten sessions with that chiropractor just made my problems worse. I knew my occiput was off because my regular old chiropractor had stuck it in place a few times, but the chiropractor suggested by my regular physician ignored what I said. Boy, my old doctor was not very good, she sent me to the wrong specialists all the time.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 06:05 AM
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By the way, eating foods that dampen the signal to the muscles a lot can cause sleep apnea, I found that from research. Many medicines also mess with signals and cause that. If you take any medicine that blocks acetylcholine or calcium or sodium channels, it is better to take them hours before going to bed.

If you work very hard during the day, the energy level at night can go down to these muscles too, when I am really tired I snore sometimes, I try to lay on my side at night, it helps, because as soon as I snore I wake up from that terrible sound. My wife snores since they prescribed her a SSRI. She was off of it for two years, but went on a diet and eliminated most of the foods that calm her, she wound up with a potassium deficiency and very low vitamin d levels because of that diet. She needs way more tyramines than I need, she breaks them down really well so needs to eat more aged food than I to be at the same point mentally. I can't break them down well, if I eat them like she needs to, I would have headaches and be doped all up from way too high dopamine levels. Her dopamine levels go way too low if she eats like me. The SSRI makes her snore, but does not cause her sleep apnea, what happens in apnea is the body wakes you up to keep you from dying if your heartbeat goes too low or your breathing stops too much. It is a signal problem. Low electrolytes or an imbalance can do it too, calcium is actually an electrolyte, low calcium levels from low Calcitriol or calcidiol levels can also cause missed breaths.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 06:27 AM
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One doc thought I might. It was GERD. By raising the head of the bed and following GERD instructions, it stopped. My point: get checked for GERD because these ******* will put a CPAP on anyone and everyone who has breathing difficulties even if it's related to another condition that should be treated and will resolve with that proper treatment. Are your allergies under control? If not, do it. HEPA air filters, vacuums, get rid of carpeting and upholstered furniture, injections etc. Research it and implement as much as you can. (BTW, benadryl has been implicated in dementia risk.) Get to the cause of the breathing difficulty.

My husband has sleep apnea. The CPAP machine did nothing for him. He stopped using it. The CPAP machine thing was run like a scam.

"You're renting it." Later.....
"Okay, it doesn't work."
"Too bad, you've bought it. No, you're not getting any money back."

In addition, you have to clean these things religiously. Otherwise, hello intractable sinus/lung infection. Lung infections, they can treat. Sinus infections can be things you end up battling for the rest of your life.

There are alternatives to CPAP, from dental devices to surgery. I would encourage you to investigate all of your choices and go to a research university's ENT department for evaluation, assuming your current doc isn't in one already. If so, still do research yourself. A military saying: "personal reconnaissance is never wasted". Well, the same pretty much holds true for medical research.




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posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 06:36 AM
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originally posted by: soulwaxer
I recently had a sleeping study in a clinic, and got the diagnosis. They say I need a CPAP machine, but am wondering if a mouth piece can be a good alternative. I've seen online that there are different types. One type has a small lip hanging down from the back of it that keeks the back of your tongue from touching your throat. Anyone have any knowledge/experience with those.

Thanks for the thread!

Soulwaxer


Mine was like one of those mouth guards you get when doing martial arts (or boxing, I guess?) that you needed to heat up in boiling water then mould to your teeth. It worked at first, but I found my lower jaw would slip past the locking point, and I'd still wake up.

If you mean the sort that help keep your lower jaw jutted forward to prevent the tongue area from sliding back?

$30 and I ended up not using it. But I completely think they are the right way to go, if they manage to somehow keep the lower jaw extended.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 07:36 AM
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Having been on CPAP for over 30 years now, I don't understand why anyone with sleep Apnea wouldn't get it. I use a nasal mask that covers my nose, works great. I even add a little oxygen therapy by adding a few drops of food grade H2O2 in the distilled water for the humidifier. Cleans the lungs, don't need as much sleep.

Sure it takes a little getting used to, but it works. To go for years with bad sleeps and then to sleep uninterrupted all night and wake up totally refreshed is just a miracle.

Can't recommend it enough for people with sleep Apnea. For most, although you don't realize it, you might have over 100 or 100's of apnea epoxides in a single night. Very bad because you never get into REM or deep sleep. It can ruin a person's health, contributing to obesity, diabetes and ultimately congenital heart failure.

Even scarier, anyone with Sleep Apnea who drinks alcohol, if you get super drunk, you could go to sleep and never wake up again as the brain won't trigger the awakening to start breathing again.

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posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 07:44 AM
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I am on my fourth night using a CPAP machine.
I have had many doctors throughout the years and I mentioned that I might have sleep apnea, they just said, "You need to get checked", since I like to procrastinate, I didn't, of course. A good doctor should assist you in getting anything at all done, mine didn't. I recently changed doctors, he's very milquetoast, (VERY mild-mannered) but he does get things done like no other doctor I have had. He suggested that I get tested, and a week or so later, there I was at the clinic getting the test.
Like you, I could not for the life of me see me going to sleep at a strange place with someone watching me, AND, they have a camera on you too, you have to sleep on your back, or at least this was my experiences. I told the technician that I could not sleep not unless I had something to help me sleep.

I am assuming you do not know about Melatonin! I didn't until I looked online on a forum to see about something else and some people mentioned it. IT CHANGED MY LIFE! Not everyone is the same though, my 82 year-old MiL says that it doesn't do anything at all for her, but if she takes an aspirin (I'm exaggerating) she gets dizzy...
Melatonin is a really good thing to use, but you need to use it sparingly and for not over a month. If you do, you will get Malaise or something similar, in other words, you will feel like crap. This stuff though will help you sleep and it 'should' change how you sleep. Like you, for years I used Benadryl for sleeping, my (crap) doctor suggested it, he didn't tell me that it would enlarge my prostate, which it did, and it's permanently enlarged now. I saw where it said it "Should not be used if you had prostate problems", I asked my doctor, he said, "I give this to my elderly patients, they are fine, it won't hurt you at all!". Long story short, I stopped using that, started using Melatonin and I am better than ever.
I only mention this because I was where you were, this worked for me, it may or not work for you. I would do your own research on Melatonin and see if that should work for you, that's what I did.

In my test at the clinic I had many wired sensors on my head, chest, and legs, they do the legs too because they look for movement which is a sign of bad sleeping. You would think being in a strange place, with wires all over you, that you couldn't go to sleep, I was out in 10 minutes, thanks to Melatonin. I had already asked if I could use Melatonin for this and she said that I could, they said to take all of your normal medicine, they WANT you to sleep as hard as you can so they can see it in their machines.
If you go to a clinic, make sure that you look at yourself in the mirror before leaving, I didn't, and the lady didn't tell me that I had latex all over my face. I 'almost' went to a drive-through Jack-in-the-Box and I'm glad I didn't.

My room was dark, but she left the door open and she would check on me from time to time, I had no idea that she did though. I went in at 8:30pm and she talked to me, wired me up, and told me to go to sleep, it was probably about 9:10pm or so when she walked out.
At 3:30am she came in and woke me up and said, "Congratulations! You have sleep apnea!", which was actually good news, I wanted them to find the reason for my horrible days when I woke up more tired than when I went to sleep, and so on. (Actually, before 3:30am I did wake up and told her that the "pillow", that is the nose piece, was making my nose feel kind of raw, she adjusted the headband and it went away, she knew what she was doing)
At 5:30am she came in and woke me up and said that I am through with the test, so off I went.
I personally wanted to go to a clinic rather than them come to my house because I have 3 dogs, and I was really worried about trying the test, but it was so easy (MELATONIN!!!) and I was really, REALLY glad that I went that way. Having a video camera on you sounded weird, but they have a little cheap-o one that doesn't spy on you really, but they can see movement, just in case there is a problem. I believe that it is an infrared camera too.

Fast-forward to getting my machine...
I had an appointment to "get fitted" and for her to explain how the machine worked, it took me all of 30 minutes to get this done, it was quick and painless.
On a shelf they had a variety of masks on busts to demonstrate how it looks and fits. They had the full-face masks, half-masks, ones that only cover your nostrils, and one that was mostly just a tube that was underneath your nose, that was the kind I had in my clinical test. I wanted that one, I thought, she then walked me through the differences and said that I could try them all, or just pick one that you want to try. I opted to try the one that only covered the nostrils, not the entire nose.

This was a good decision on my part, I have a full beard and I wondered how that was going to work. It turns out that it doesn't interfere at all, AND, it's not made of the cheap-o plastic that my test one had, it is made of super-soft silicone!

The machine is so quiet I actually can only hear a slight sound from the mask itself, the machine is really quiet. Mine has a humidifier water tank so you won't get a dry throat, and that works well. Actually, I use a white noise machine that drowns out most noises anyway, so that wasn't a thing for me at all anyway.
She said that the water tank should last a week, it doesn't at all, not even close, it last around 9 hours. There are settings that you can change, but if you let the water level drop too low it can melt you plastic water tank, or so she said.

I am not as bad off as the way you explained your sleep, I was told that I didn't stop breathing, but I was not getting enough oxygen into my blood, and that is exactly how I felt too. I believe that a hangover is the same feeling, from what I hear you can use oxygen to alleviate a hangover, I haven't tried that, but I woke up every day feeling like a tied one on.

I hope this helps someone.

Oh yeah! I do feel like I can think more clearly, I have been in a brain fog for a few years now, that seems to be lifting, AND, I was exhausted after mowing, weed-eating, edging, so far I am better. I wasn't as bad off as you, so maybe you will feel MORE benefits than I did.
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posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 07:54 AM
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a reply to: Domo1

I can't speak to the sleep apnea thing myself, but I have had a sleep study done.

I have a horrible time sleeping in strange places, and I thought I'd never be able to do this for the study. They told me at the sleep clinic that I wouldn't have to sleep long for them to get usable data, and truthfully, even with all those little wires stuck to your skull, you really can't tell they're there. I thought they'd be really uncomfortable, but they're not.

I had the predictable trouble getting to and staying asleep, but they told me I slept enough for the study. And I didn't have sleep apnea.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 08:38 AM
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a reply to: Domo1

I'm in the same boat (and unless I'm mistaken the same "region" of the U.S.) but I just haven't bothered to do the sleep study yet. I guess I'm kind of scared, even though I know there is no real reason to be.

Maybe we can go together and hold hands.šŸ˜„



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