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 happens during a Sleep Study Summa Health System
there are two main types of sleep studies: there'sovernight some of these fourweek have youwatched through the course of the night to see what youdo during your sleep measure your brain wave activity yourheart rhythms your oxygen leg movements and uh. the second type of study is verysimilar but if you are found to have a sleep disorder the second type of sleep study
is used to treat that disorder monitor youduring the night to verify your treatment works and whatspecific treatment you should have typically once your parked you'll enter into theuh. the glass doors you'll check in with reception thet'll take you up to the sleep lab. have you fill out some forms prior to your study get you comfortable maybe have you watchtv a little bit while they're hooking up some of the different electrodes
once it the time approaches toward yourbedtime they'll turn out the lights and let you fall asleep next thing you know typically it'll be morning if you do you need something to thecourse of the night most of the beds will have a a button if you need water, there'sthe bathroom or something similar that someone can help you through the nightso a lot of time minimized and spent trying to get the Summa Sleep Labs to bethe most comfortable experience we can for the patient uh. the rooms themselves arefairly modern
Typically will describe them as three to fourstar hotel they have queen size beds flat screen televisions private bathrooms or at least adjoiningbathrooms we've renovated the labs themselves andalso updated the software now to the lastest state of the art that we can to try and optimize the experiencefor the patient but the advantage of Summa Sleep Labs isthe longitudinal care and follow up which we can offer that may or may not beavailable
in all areas of the region try to be hands on withthe patient answer any questions and see them going into the future for many years tohelp them with their sleep disorder you think you have a sleep disorder andwish to see a Summa sleep specialist please call or visit us on the web our labs are located in Portage, Medina, and some other counties.
Reading Sleep Study Results Identifying Sleep Apnea
This is a sleep study that shows someonewith sleep apnea. This channel right here shows a personbreathing and then they stopped breathing for what seems like a long time it's about 40 seconds and then they breathe again, they wake up,and they stopped breathing again and then they breathe again, and younotice every time they start breathing there's a big snort this is the source, then they stopbreathing, the big snort and they resume breathing. Another thingthat occurs
is oxygen fallsthat's the white channel, that goes down and then it comes up when they resumebreathing and it comes down so the oxygen is going up and down youcan see it best here. You can see it sliding up and down. Anotherthing to note his when they're not breathing their chest and abdomen will move. This one here is chest in this down here is abdomen, so they're still trying tobreathe
but they're not getting, they're notgetting any air. During the apnea, when they're notbreathing, the diaphragm is working and sucking thechest in, and you see the chest and abdomen go in differentdirections here and then, when they open their mouth and resume breathing, they start movingsynchronously again, they move together again and then when there's an apnea, they'removing in different directions again
That's one way you know that the apnea is an obstructive apnea.