Living With and Managing Sleep Apnea
JIM: I had this problem throughout my life. Driving was always a problem, and I tried to make sure that no place I ever had to go was very far away because I knew I'd fall asleep. Carol Lynn was complaining about snoring and, more specifically, snoring and then long periods of nothing,
and then a gasp when I would, you know, start breathing again. Obviously, I wanted to enjoy my life with my children more than I felt that I was enjoying it. It's Saturday morning, and the kids are at your bed ready to do something, and I'm just like, quot;I gotta sleep, guys. I'm sorry. I can't play with you. I can't do this.quot; And I look back and I'm like, quot;This just can't be right.quot;
I had been talking to my about possibly having depression symptoms. I remember the other thing that I said to the when I went was that I no longer had any dreams. If you're not getting into REM sleep, you have no dreams. And so she's the one who then said, quot;Okay, we're gonna send you for a sleep study.quot; I spent the night there.
The amount of times that I was technically waking, and as low as my blood oxygen levels were, it was extreme. I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. Surgery, as it turned out, really wasn't a good option for me. The next step was that my did prescribe a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.
The idea is they have to get the air pressure to your nose or your mouth or both in order to keep your airway open while you sleep. Because it wasn't comfortable for me to use, I was not using it as well as I should have been, in some cases not at all for weeks at a time. And things got worse, other symptoms appeared. I felt confused and out of it and just not right.
And I realized that I really needed to figure out a way to learn to live with this contraption. Now I'm at the point where I am consistently using it and have been for a long period of time. I definitely feel better. I'm looking forward to feeling better yet. Certainly, I have more energy to do activities with the children than I did before, and we do more.
What Is Sleep Apnea
Hey there sleepy heads, Julia here for Dnews. According to the National Sleep Foundationsnoring affects 90 million Americans. So you're probably not the only one sleeping on thecouch tonight. When you sleep most of your muscles relax.Including those in your mouth, throat and airways. If these become too relaxed, theycan get in the way of your breathing. As you try to suck more air through the narrowedairways, these muscles can vibrate, making sounds like an airplane or lawnmower. Although it might be annoying to your sleepingbuddy, snoring seems mostly harmless. Yet
several studies linked the night time maladyto some pretty nasty healthy effects. One study published in the journal Laryngoscope,found that snoring might lead to a thickening of the arteries in the heart. Snoring canalso lead to headaches and even decline in memory. Not to mention if you wake up yourpartner, snoring could get you into some relationship trouble. But is your snoring so bad you wake yourselfupé You might suffer from sleep apnea. Half of those 90 million I mentioned earlier mightbe suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Apnea means literally â€œwithout breathâ€�.Like the name suggests, this type of sleep
disorder can cause the airways to completelyclose. Sufferers actually stop breathing when they sleep! This lack of oxygen wakes peopleup with a snort or gasp. While waking up a bunch of times in the middleof the night leaves you tired the day, Sleep Apnea can also lead to a host of other problems. One large study was published in the journalAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study found that patientswith severe apnea have a 30% higher risk of developing diabetes than those with almostno apnea. And patients with mild or moderate apnea had a 23% increased risk of developingdiabetes.
Another study published in the journal Journalof al Sleep Medicine surveyed a group of patients for 20 years! The researchersfound that, even after controlling for smoking and other lifestyle factors, people with moderateto severe obstructive sleep apnea were four times more likely to die, nearly four timesmore likely to have a stroke, three times more likely to die from cancer, and 2.5 timesmore likely to develop cancer. Lack of oxygen to the brain is never a goodthing. One study published in the journal Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, foundthat the immediate effects of sleep apnea on the brain were similar to the effects ofa stroke!
Okay okay, have I scared you enoughé Sorryabout that. So currently one of the best treatments for sleep apnea remains the cumbersome CPAPmachine. CPAP stands for quot;continuous positive airway pressurequot;. Basically, if you can'tguess from that name, the machine creates pressure on your airways so those soft tissuesdon't get in the way of your breathing. The exact pressure depends on the patientand decided by a physician. But you breathe easier and pretty much stop snoring. While the whole getup includes a face mask,that goes into your nose and over your head, it definitely helps. Some studies publishedin the journal Sleep found that using a CPAP
machine improves blood pressure and even restoresbrain tissue after a year of use! So while it might be awkward, it could actually addyears to your life. So wanna found out if your snoring is dangerousor just dang annoyingé Well there's an app for that, designed by researchers at the Universityof Washington. ApneaApp uses sound waves to monitor breathing. The app acts kind of likea bat, emitting sonar to track breathing patterns. According to its makers, the app can detectsleep apnea as well as tests 98% of the time. The app is only designed foruse on android phones. Sorry hipsters, you'll just have to wait.
New Home Sleep Test for Patients with Sleep Apnea
the wanting foster there is on themorning partially with for how it is uh. and some things we don't get thatgreat of sleep n general anyone you notice that in the in the hot days ofsummer and seem to be more drawing with all year when you're ready for bed in away for bears night falls uh. by if u always seem out of it you never feelrested it might be because you have sleep apnea sleep apnea alexis pants shows is a new test you can take andholbrook but also i hear that the the hand thesleeping disorder they like this
pagan warning and then we'll call now how important it is to get in ninety sq good night's sleep right it makes youfeel so much better the next day but there's so many people out there thatfor whatever reason sleeping disorders or whatever reason it is they don'tsleep well at night summary an artist's leap expert laureate level even balisleep sinners and yukon and meet a contest that you can actually take homeyou don't have to go anywhere in you can see if you have sleep apnea correct wehave a new device called the aries
device and it's actually something thatyou can have ordered by your home our skis near physician you familyphysician or you can come in here and meet with one of our boardcertifiedsleep physician and if you have a high test probability for ts truck to sleepapnea you can take this device home and where at home though this is their right here an it'sbasically free because you're ordering at your health insurance is paying forit and we're gonna show at how easy it is to do
correct most insurance companies docover this test it's right around two hundred dollars or less so depending onyour outofpocket deductibles things like that right it's a allot less expensive a fullnights sleep study can run anywhere from seven fifty two fifteen hundred dollarsfor just a handson you know what your insurance coverages that if you've had apercent carriages hundredpercent erica's it is medically necessary film up red flags are out there
where you see maybe think hey i could have sleep apnea if you're achronic snorers or if you have a neck circumference oflarger than eighteen inches it here b_m_i_ which is your body mass index islarger than thirty if you have excessive daytime sleepiness or if you just have here to bility herhigh blood pressure tools are all reasons that you could have obstructivesleep apnea you take this test home and there's actually a little of the wastethat will talking through the entire
process so you're by yourself puttingaside correct that their voice lax eight tellbaaki right through it so you can just put it on a home and you can lay downand it measures your snoring your oxygen level yourheart rate i'm just a bunch of different grammars in tells us if you stop readinghe came here and now that it's actually walking new threeway to deal and thenblue analyzes the result so when you bring it back the next dayare boardcertified sleep position actually brings up the data