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Open Free for All / sleep apnea
« on: November 16, 2005, 01:21:00 AM »
I was diagnosed with it a few weeks ago. I went in for a split-night sleep study. (4 hours regular sleep, 4 hours on a CPAP machine.) The technician said I was having around 47 apneas per hour at about 20 seconds in length each. (around 15 minutes of not breathing per hour.. 2 hours of not breathing for an 8 hour rest period.)

Which would explain why, on days when I don't have to be anywhere, I sleep anywhere from 12 - 20 hours. Also, up until this point, I've been a straight A student, but this quarter I'm actually failing my first class, because I can't concentrate anymore, and I can't focus to do my homework.

Fortunately, the DME has finally gotten my prescription from the doctor, so I should be hooked up with a CPAP machine in a few days. I know that when I was hooked up for that short time at the sleep clinic, it was the nicest, most restful sleep I've had in ages, so I can't wait to get that thing. I know it takes some time to get used to, but I don't care. Anything to get a decent night's sleep for once.

I was wondering if anyone else on this board has sleep apnea and what their experience has been. Whether they use an xPAP (CPAP/BiPAP/AutoPAP) machine, or if they got surgery. (or if they've possibly tried that new stent procedure they have now.)

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