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Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by chestercheeto48, May 21, 2009.

  1. chestercheeto48

    chestercheeto48 Senior Member VIP

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    So my wife has been bothering me since we started dating to do something about my snoring. Apparently I wake up the whole neighborhood when I sleep. I went to the doctor which led to a consult with a sleep specialist. Last night was my sleep study and I couldn't be happier. For those of you that don't know what a sleep study is it basically goes like this.

    -You show up at the clinic around 8pm ish.
    -The technician begins to attach a whole spaghetti mess of wires to your body which takes around an hour.
    -They fit you for a CPAP machine which pumps air in through your nose to keep your soft pallet open and keep it from vibrating which cause snoring.
    -They give you an ambien so you can get to sleep.
    -Then the technician gets paid to watch you sleep and monitor all of your vitals during sleep.
    -wake up the next morning, talk about your data and you go home.
    -The give you a CPAP machine for your use at home.

    This was the best night of sleep I have gotten in a long time. Halfway through the night the tech. came in and put the CPAP on me and I was lights out. Apparently I was stopping breathing during the night. The upper limit is 5 times an hour and I was over 130 in my worst hour. With the CPAP I didn't have a single episode of impaired breathing.

    If you are not getting good sleep or wake up tired and/or snore please go to your doctor and get checked out. Sleep Apnea can be deadly and lead to a bunch of other problems if left untreated.

    Anyone else on a CPAP?
     
  2. BigJ

    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    My mom is on bipap.

    It's intense.
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    I sleep pretty good when i take an ambien too
    :lol:
     
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    chestercheeto48 Senior Member VIP

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    that is what I thought until I saw the data both pre CPAP and post CPAP. Night and day difference in data. Without it my ox. level was 79% with it it was like 89% which is closer to normal.
     
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    Drake Well-Known Member VIP

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    My old man uses one. And did you happen to see the setup they use to monitor your sleep? The sleep lab here at work has 7 or 8 19" widescreens. Its pretty sweet.
     
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    are you overweight?
     
  7. chestercheeto48

    chestercheeto48 Senior Member VIP

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    Are you serious? Yes by about 20 lbs but it is also hereditary and I still have my tonsils. All are factors. Spare me the losing weight lecture...

    • Excess weight. Fat deposits around your upper airway may obstruct your breathing. However, not everyone who has sleep apnea is overweight. Thin people develop the disorder, too.
    • Neck circumference. The size of your neck may indicate whether or not you have an increased risk of sleep apnea. That's because a thick neck may narrow the airway and may be an indication of excess weight. A neck circumference greater than 17.5 inches (44 centimeters) is associated with an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea.
    • High blood pressure (hypertension). Sleep apnea is not uncommon in people with hypertension.
    • A narrowed airway. You may inherit a naturally narrow throat. Or, your tonsils or adenoids may become enlarged, which can block your airway.
    • Being male. Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea as women are. However, women increase their risk if they're overweight, and the risk also appears to rise after menopause.
    • Being older. Sleep apnea occurs two to three times more often in adults older than 65.
    • Family history. If you have family members with sleep apnea, you may be at increased risk.
    • Use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers. These substances relax the muscles in your throat.
    • Smoking. Smokers are three times as likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than are people who've never smoked. Smoking may increase the amount of inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway. This risk likely drops after you quit smoking.
     
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    95b16coupe New Member

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    whoa dude, take the tampon out.

    i just know that a common problem with sleep apnea and blocked airways are common with being overweight. it was just a question.
     
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    chestercheeto48 Senior Member VIP

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    My apologies sir. It was just a pre-emptive statement for those who may preach to me about working out 96 hours a week and only eating grass while sipping ice cubes.
     
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    eg6sir Supa Mod Moderator VIP

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    my dad has sleep apnea.. he uses one of those machines when he goes to bed
     
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    95b16coupe New Member

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    it's all good. not everybody is a judgemental douche, some (like me) are just curious.
     
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    chestercheeto48 Senior Member VIP

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    Like I said I am about 20lbs overweight but that has only happened in the last 2 years or so. I found out last year it was due to the fact that my Thyroid is dead and need to be on replacement therapy for that. The doc said it is most likely due to bad genes (both mom and dad have it) and my large tonsils. I also have a rather large neck as well. So I am assuming it is a combo of all of that. I don't have full blown apnea but I have enough of an obstruction to cause a problem. Apparently at my worst they counted 106 breathing events in one hour.
     
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    I should really take your advice and try this out because I sleep like shit and am tired 24/7 unless I get like 10 hours of sleep. Well, I should first try sleeping more than 4-5 hours a night through out the work week.
     
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    my grandma has a cpap and i could not use that fucking thing...i hate air being forced through my nose/mouth..
     
  15. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    My grandmother and friend's father use them. I go camping with the friend's family. If you didn't fall asleep before him, you weren't going to sleep. Not to mention he's a much happier guy now too
     
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