Monday, December 14, 2009

Sleep Apnea Test Over

The sleep apnea test is over. Now I wait for the results. I know I have sleep apnea. I tried to adjust to a cpap machine for over 3 years and finally gave up. I know that other more serious problems can be caused, even death, so I determined to follow up on the whole thing.

My old sleep pressure was only 7, with 5 being the lowest on the scale, going as high as 20. So my pressure was pretty low.

The reason I stopped wearing my machine was because I would put it on and instead of putting me to sleep, it would wake me up. I would make a list of things to do, mentally start painting the kitchen, stuff like that. I only slept through the night with it two times in all those years. On the other handful of nights I had to take a sleep aid which I don't like, either. Most nights I would just take it off, roll over, go to sleep, no mask in place.

The final straw was I would wake up with a really bad brain ache. Not a headache but my whole brain would be on fire. A year or so was the last time I wore the mask.

I changed doctors, changed sleep clinics and now I wonder what is next. I have a follow up visit in two weeks.

Do you snore, have other sleep problems, you might have sleep apnea. It can be a life threatening physical problem. Follow up on it. It could save your life.

1 comment:

scarlet reynolds said...

A sleep apnea test is a very important procedure before getting treated for your disorder. If your disorder remains undiagnosed, it could lead to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and other complications.