Been doing some reading on the subject of sleep apnea, as I think I may have it or something similar.
But I tend to find that when I experience whatever it is that I experience, I can breath in through my nose fine, but when I exhale, my soft palate closes over and I can not breath out through my nose, this results in very laboured breathing which builds up in pressure that eventually ends with a loud burst of noise with me exhaling through my mouth and waking or nearly waking.
To that I have similar sypmtoms of exhaustion/constant daytime sleepyness, never feeling like I've had a good sleep, occasional morning headaches, gasping when sleeping, very loud snoring, larger than 17inch neck and currently a few stone overweight.
What Im asking is, does apnea cause the full airway to restrict as in I could not breath through my mouth, or is it enough that the soft palate closing my nasal airway on exhailing is enough to disturb sleep an cause issues?
thanks for any light you can shed on it.
(PS: I know this is no substitute for seeing a doctor, but the next available appt is over a week away at my GP's, trying to get as much info I can before going)