(04-13-2015, 01:11 PM)DariaVader Wrote:
(04-13-2015, 10:28 AM)Mark Douglas Wrote:
(04-12-2015, 12:42 PM)DariaVader Wrote: Bottom line IMO is that sleep apnea amplifies whatever physical weaknesses you were born with.
IMO this is solid gold and should be duly noted by those in charge of the gold stars!
and I'm going to steal this for use at next Dr. appointment
I use my PAP machine nightly and I feel great!
Updated: Philips Respironics System One (60 Series)
RemStar BiPAP Auto with Bi-FlexModel 760P -
Rise Time x3 Fixed Bi-Level EPAP 9.0 IPAP 11.5 (cmH2O)
I felt dumb myself when I finally started reading up on sleep apnea after years of my wife telling me I stop breathing, flail around and gasp for air every night; not to mention the extremely loud snoring.
I've been having problems with depression, energy, patience, concentration & memory for quite a while. Over the past year or two everything felt like it was snowballing out of control. My memory and concentration were so bad that I was becoming convinced that I had early-onset Alzheimer's (I'm 42). At the rate I was going with memory and depression I wasn't sure how I'd be able to work much longer. It was while researching Alzheimer's that by pure luck I stumbled on an article that explained how sleep apnea can exhibit Alzheimer's-like symptoms in some people because it can affect some of the same parts of the brain.
On the plus side, at least I no longer feel like I have Alzheimer's - for which there is no known cure. On the minus side, I fear that my failure to act on the apnea sooner may have caused some irreparable damage. From what I have read, much - but not all - of the damage can be reversed once the apnea is treated. I no longer feel like things are spiraling out of control but my memory and concentration are still pretty horrible. I do feel like I have noticed an improvement since beginning CPAP, and my wife says she has seen a positive change in my mood as well. At a minimum I am glad to be finally doing something about the apnea. I feel like I may have altered the course of my near future for the better.