My sleep study documented an AHI = 32, which is in the severe apnea range; however, many of those must have been hypopneas rather than apneas because my wife says I rarely snored, except on weekends when I generally enjoy alcoholic beverages.
Now she says as soon as I fall asleep without a mask, I snore. So, if it falls off or switches off at night she wakes me up immediately to put it back on. I don't know if she was just conditioned to it, and now that I've been using CPAP for 4 months and thus am as "quiet as a mouse" she just now notices it immediately when I snore. Or, is it possible that CPAP therapy is changing the tissues and/or muscles in my nasal cavity and throat to perform even worse without the therapy than they were before I ever started?
I'm concerned about this because I'm currently on a path to lose a significant amount of weight, and I'm hoping after I lose the weight that therapy will no longer be necessary. So, I don't want to permanently change my respiratory system such that I will always be reliant on therapy. I know that you don't have to be overweight to have sleep apnea, but it is a risk factor. And when I leaner in my younger days, I never even snored.
Has anyone else ever been concerned about this, or have a personal account to share?
11-11-2015, 04:37 PM
(This post was last modified: 11-11-2015, 04:38 PM by Mosquitobait.)
It's more like that you are sleeping on your back more often. I also don't discount the fact that now that your wife is used to the silence, she awakens with the snores. I find the same thing after several years of listening to my late Dad's oxygen concentrator.
CPAP therapy doesn't cause your condition to worsen. Loss of weight can actually worsen the condition, as it did in my case, but not necessarily forever, depending on your age. If you are a young person and get down to normal weight, you have a good probability of not needing a cpap IF your condition was caused by excessive weight in the first place. For young people (those under 40), your tissues will often shrink back rather than remain 'flabby.'
I lost 30 pounds and my very mild apnea (mostly RERAs) worsened considerably after that and in a very short time. I'm in my 50s, so I'm pretty confident that further weight loss will never get me off CPAP.
There is little or no evidence to support your concern, and I would hazard a guess that you did indeed snore only now, because of the paucity of it, your wife notices it more. Weight loss alone will not be sufficient to free yourself of sleep apnoea, if it is weight related. You would also have to do exercises to tone your throat muscles, learning the digeridoo is a both popular and effective way to do so.