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.
The Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea
hi everyone thanks for tuning in to eZeLiving you know a couple of webisodes ago Istarted a conversation with you on the subject of sleep apnea I experienced the symptoms but Idecided to do the research and then I checked in withBR Medical Suites with Marc Mueller and we had aconversation on this subject and here's what he had to say a lot of people don't know the difference between snoring and sleep apnea
which is why I'm here Mueller what should I be concerned aboutélook, i mean your sleep is disturbed obviously and that is already not such agood sign so if you wake up at night it's alreadya sign of sleep apnea why is that soé it is actually thedifference is snoring makes just a sound like (.) however sleep apnea is like this (.)and then you stop for a couple of seconds and then you do this (.)
take a deep breath and you fall into silent sleep maybe again maybe some periods of snoring and then it repeats again now you need to know a little bit more about sleep during sleep you are not always in the same sleep level you're going stepbystepdown to level 4 and to REM sleep level and then again to sleep level 1and the whole thing repeats
every one and a half hours throughout the night. And there's acertain cycle that we should have it is called sleep architecture that should look all very nice you know but if you are going to a sleep level, let's say sleep level 3 where you're completely paralyzed andyou stop breathing you will come into a situation
the situation is you have no oxygen yourcarbon dioxide levels go high your heart starts beating like crazyall your systems are in an alarm stageyour cortisol levels go up and then at a certain stageyour alarm bells in your brain ring and wake you up to a higher sleep level usually we are asking for something called Epworth Sleepiness Scalethere are questions like do you fall asleep when you do your office worké
when you do some reading when you haveto read a paper or soé or do you even fall asleep when you arein a conferenceé I've had patients that fell asleep duringa conference it's really embarrassing but they fell asleep in a board meeting or if you are a driver many many truck drivers have this problemthey fall asleep at the steering wheel there are tutorials that show accidentsthat happen from that
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.