posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 05:43 AM
Thanks for your reply and story. Since my original post I've had another sleep study with the use of Ambien which helped a lot. In the middle of
the night they put me on the cpap machine, and I slept like a baby the rest of the night. I go back in for another sleep study where I'll where the
cpap the entire night so that they can calibrate it.
This whole experience has made me realize how difficult it must be for people who sleep by themselves to even be aware of potential sleep apnea.
Thank God you had your daughter tell you and my wife tell me! Also, I'm really fortunate to have health insurance unlike so many who don't. I
can't imagine what all this costs out of pocket, but I surely couldn't do it without insurance.
For anyone curious about sleep apnea, it is a condition where you stop breathing in the middle of the night. Your body wakes you up just enough so
that you can reposition yourself, and start breathing again. During my second sleep study, they discovered I did this 38 times in one hour! That's
severe sleep apnea.
The CPAP machine is a device that constantly applies air pressure down your windpipe, keep the channel open so you breathe normal. As dizziedame
noted, it can take a long time to get used to.
One of the first symptoms of sleep apnea is snoring. When we snore, the airway is partially blocked, thus the snoring noise. When it gets blocked
completely, we stop breathing. Also, if anyone has awakened in the middle of the night sweaty, heart pounding, and hard of breath, that could very
well be a severe respiratory event caused by sleep apnea. Also, many with sleep apnea are tired and sleepy during the day. I didn't think this
applied to me at first, but after a night with the cpap, I now understand what it means to have a good night sleep. I haven't been getting it for