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Old 03-19-11, 03:49 PM   #1
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I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this - but it was the best I could find.

I have recently been discovered to have "mild" sleep apnea. The specialist will be contacting my doctor and recommending treatment of this and some other sleep disorders.

After doing research, I discovered that there is a co-relationship between depression and apnea. Many who have it have their depression improved with treatment, and some studies suggest that those who are depressed with any symptoms be evaluated by their physician.

I was wondering if anyone here has gone through a study and/or treatment for apnea?
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Old 03-19-11, 09:02 PM   #2
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some studies suggest that those who are depressed with any symptoms be evaluated by their physician.

I was wondering if anyone here has gone through a study and/or treatment for apnea?
i haven't but i always wondered, because i don't sleep well. what symptoms tipped them off that u have apnea? i really hope this discovery helps you!!!
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Old 03-19-11, 09:23 PM   #3
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i have sleep apnea, for me the tip off was the heavy snoring i do and my wife says i stop breathing for a second or two, i now use a c pap machine to breathe with when i sleep and i sleep better when i use it
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I've been tested for sleep apnea a couple of years ago. I stop breathing 8 times an hour. To qualify I think I needed to stop breathing 13 times an hour. So, kind of borderline. I didn't realized I snore, but apparently I do pretty bad. No one told me I snored.

I fell asleep on the wheel a few times. Going to work super tired. Finally saw a sleep specialist and he said it was stress that was causing my lack of sleep and not sleep apnea or snoring. At that time. Currently I'm okay with sleep in the sense that it's not affecting my work life. I do wake up a couple of times a night but think again it's due to stress.

Might get tested in the future if I have problems with it again.
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My partner has sleep apnea. It can be pretty torturous as you can never get a good night sleep as your brain will keep waking you up because you stop breathing.

For people who don't suffer with it i guess it's like trying to get a nights sleep with someone prodding you awake each time you nod off.

Lack of sleep is both physically and mentally draining. My partner now wears a mask that kind of blows air into her airways to keep them open, stopping her snoring.

Took a bit of getting used to for her but we're both at least getting a better nights sleep now.
Hope it works out well for you.
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Several things made me talk to my doctor - mostly so tired during the day I had no energy. There are some afternoons that I am so exhausted that I can't stay awake. It's beyond the lack of energy that comes from depression.

Some reasons my doctor ordered the test: I snore, wake up occasionally with a panicked feeling, I'm overweight, and I am diabetic, in addition to the tiredness.

Like I said, I don't have the full results, so I don't know how many episodes I had per hour.

"The stress thing" keeps me from falling asleep while I toss and turn, but doesn't impact me when it comes to staying asleep.

For awhile I was using caffeine to stay awake, but I have slowly gone off of caffeine for other health reasons ... I'm down to ONE regular soda a week - on Sunday Mornings. Hey, if I fall asleep during the sermon - that would be BAD.
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My mom has sleep apnea. Ever since she found out her health has improved. She uses a c pap machine at night.
It's basically a machine that pumps oxygen into your mouth/nose while you sleep, so you always get air. It breathes for you.

When we went through airport security at first they thought it was a bomb lol musta been a "newb" at the scanner :P it was funny. (Thank god we were not in the states tho! lol)
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OK - I finally got the results ...

I have 19 stoppages per hour on my back, and 1.5 when I sleep on my side. Hmmm, I guess that old "honey roll over" thing would really be helpful for me.

A couple of things I need to try before we do the Cpap - including trying to learn to sleep on my side - the old "tennis ball" sewed into the nightgown or the special pillow to keep you on your side.

The official diagnosis was "positional sleep apnea."

I also have "limited REM sleep" most likely a side effect of the Lexapro ... and possibly part of the reason for the tiredness I experience.
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wow, u do much better on your side, then. i hope u find a way to adjust easily.
glad u are getting help for this.
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Old 03-28-11, 11:31 AM   #10
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I bought a pillow that is approved for positional sleep apnea, it is designed to keep you from sleeping on your back. Since it has a huge bump in the middle, I call it "the bump."

Right now, I wake up every time I try to turn over, but already I feel a difference when I wake up in the morning. I think with time, I will get used to it.

Here's a picture ...



You sleep on it like this:



It's kind of strange ... but it helps.
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