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Someone stole my joke so I'll just nod and agree with what others have already said. Smile



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RE: Is sleep apnea temporary?
(01-28-2016 09:01 PM)bwexler Wrote:  It is absolutely a temporary condition.
Once you completely stop breathing apnea is no longer a problem.
Clostraphobia on the other hand me become a concern in that form fitting box.

I love the sense of humor on this site...a good laugh is refreshing.

On the serious side, weight is not the only issue with sleep apnea. There are pencil thin folks who have it too, because of the size of their oropharynx. The size of the opening at the back of the throat is rated from one to five, five being the smallest. Smaller opening, more chance of tongue falling back and blocking the airway when supine. (obstructive apnea) In other people, issues related to abnormally low carbon dioxide level in the blood can impede the brain signals to "breathe now" . (central apnea).

So just because you lose weight does not mean your apnea will be gone.

I hope than answers your serious question. But don't forget to laugh with the folks on this forum when ever you can...it's good for the body AND the soul!

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RE: Is sleep apnea temporary?
(01-29-2016 10:24 AM)Protege Wrote:  I was just asking a question!

And it's a perfectly good question to ask. I'm sorry if some of the responses indicated it's not.

Regular use of a CPAP machine will not, in and of itself, do anything to alter your condition. As soon as you stop using it your airway will collapse when you fall asleep. So the CPAP machine is not a cure. It's a therapy.

On the other hand, a common problem with untreated sleep apnea is that the lack of sleep leaves you short on energy, and food is often used in an attempt to provide the needed energy. This leads to weight gain, which makes the apnea worse, and so goes a vicious cycle of weight gain and worsening sleep apnea. Also, as we age we tend to lose muscle tension, and that too can make sleep apnea worse. And it can cause mental health issues that are often treated with sedatives, and they too make the apnea worse.

So, if weight gain is the cause of the sleep apnea, then weight loss may reverse the condition. A CPAP machine can be used to help you lose weight.

But untreated sleep apnea, in addition to leaving you sleep deprived, also increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.

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(01-28-2016 09:01 PM)bwexler Wrote:  It is absolutely a temporary condition.
Once you completely stop breathing apnea is no longer a problem.
Clostraphobia on the other hand me become a concern in that form fitting box.

your post actually made me chuckle Smile

very funny.
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(01-31-2016 08:00 PM)Sleepster Wrote:  
(01-29-2016 10:24 AM)Protege Wrote:  I was just asking a question!

And it's a perfectly good question to ask. I'm sorry if some of the responses indicated it's not.

Regular use of a CPAP machine will not, in and of itself, do anything to alter your condition. As soon as you stop using it your airway will collapse when you fall asleep. So the CPAP machine is not a cure. It's a therapy.

On the other hand, a common problem with untreated sleep apnea is that the lack of sleep leaves you short on energy, and food is often used in an attempt to provide the needed energy. This leads to weight gain, which makes the apnea worse, and so goes a vicious cycle of weight gain and worsening sleep apnea. Also, as we age we tend to lose muscle tension, and that too can make sleep apnea worse. And it can cause mental health issues that are often treated with sedatives, and they too make the apnea worse.

So, if weight gain is the cause of the sleep apnea, then weight loss may reverse the condition. A CPAP machine can be used to help you lose weight.

But untreated sleep apnea, in addition to leaving you sleep deprived, also increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Well, I am losing weight, but I wish it was under better circumstances.
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That doesn't sound good. Sad



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(01-31-2016 10:04 PM)Protege Wrote:  Well, I am losing weight, but I wish it was under better circumstances.

I can't imagine what those better circumstances might be. Prior to the development of CPAP therapy our parents, grandparents, and so on had to live with untreated sleep apnea. We are fortunate to live in an era where this therapy is available to us.

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(02-02-2016 07:22 PM)Sleepster Wrote:  
(01-31-2016 10:04 PM)Protege Wrote:  Well, I am losing weight, but I wish it was under better circumstances.

I can't imagine what those better circumstances might be. Prior to the development of CPAP therapy our parents, grandparents, and so on had to live with untreated sleep apnea. We are fortunate to live in an era where this therapy is available to us.

Well, I've lost 17 pounds since this started; it could be that I'm exercising almost every day, and all but completely cutting out snacking, but I think my heart palpitations might have something to do with it as well.
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