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Maybe I'm Just Weird...
#1
I've been reading so many posts from folks who just are not sleeping well because of apnea, but I sleep like a horse (and sound like one at times), get up raring to go, have a lot of energy, and start getting sleepy while watching TV usually somewhere around 8:30PM (I live at 8800'). Since I've not received my tests yet, I don't have all my stats, but my PCP told me my AHI was 22.7 and my oxygen had dropped down to 70% the night of my hospital sleep study, but he didn't have any indication how long it was at that level. If 90% is low, 70% is what--almost dead? My sleep results are in the mail, so guess I will have to wait and see what all the numbers are, but that 70% has me a bit concerned....anyone else have a similar reading??Thinking-about
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Out of curiosity, at what elevation did you conduct your study?

Low oxygen saturation indicates inadequate ventilation to maintain blood oxygen levels above 88 ml/dL and can result from not breathing, or respiratory resistance. High altitude can cause low oxygen saturation and severe complications in non-adapted flatlanders.

Your personal sense of energy and wakefulness is great and assuming you are otherwise fit, not an indication you don't need treatment for OSA. Best bet is to treat this before complications make that feeling harder to achieve. I doubt you'll feel worse if you're prescribed CPAP, as long as you get good mask fit and the therapy does not interfere with your existing good sense of sleep.
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If you feel OK now, wait until you get on a machine! WOW!!!
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I don't know why, because I don't remember that you have said your age, but somehow I think you are younger than the majority of us, and are catching the OSA before it has done as much damage as it would have done later on left untreated... that is super news for you! I wish I had known when I was younger, and had the means to treat my apnea! A significant number of the folk on this forum seem to be in their 70s and the majority who aren't seem to be mid 50s to 60s (i'm in that group) I say seem - because the majority ain't telling, but they let it out now and again Smile
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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(05-13-2015, 03:43 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: Out of curiosity, at what elevation did you conduct your study?

Low oxygen saturation indicates inadequate ventilation to maintain blood oxygen levels above 88 ml/dL and can result from not breathing, or respiratory resistance. High altitude can cause low oxygen saturation and severe complications in non-adapted flatlanders.

Your personal sense of energy and wakefulness is great and assuming you are otherwise fit, not an indication you don't need treatment for OSA. Best bet is to treat this before complications make that feeling harder to achieve. I doubt you'll feel worse if you're prescribed CPAP, as long as you get good mask fit and the therapy does not interfere with your existing good sense of sleep.

I chose to use the Rocky Mountain Sleep Center in Woodland Park, CO specifically for the reason they are much closer in altitude, maybe only 200' or so lower. My dr. originally made an appointment for the sleep center in Colorado Springs because he was familiar with it, but it's more that 2,000' lower, so he accommodated by request for the sleep center near me. I lived at 6,000+' prior to getting married 9 months ago, so have been at this 8800' altitude for awhile. I first discovered I might have sleep apnea when I was still living at 6,000'. Woke up in the middle of the night gasping and fighting for breath. Scared the heck out of me, especially since I lived alone. Subsequent to that and shortly after being married my husband told I stopped breathing in my sleep one(?) night, so decided to get tested. I don't doubt I need CPAP therapy and am really excited about it because now when I go to sleep I try to take deeper breaths using my diaphragm, but that only lasts as long as I am awake enough to do it! It'll be great to have another "sleep partner" to help me breathe more deeply (and consistently). BTW, the PT at the sleep study said I went into REM three times during the night. Actually, even with being all wired up and having gobs of sticky thingies on my head and in my hair, I slept like a baby...
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I used to feel great, too when I woke up. I could stay up for 2 days straight without any problem. Drive 16 hours off of only 4-5 hours sleep the night before. I know for sure I had some positional apnea back then and could only sleep on my sides or my airway would collapse.

Then around age 38 I did the waking up gasping for air thing. Heart pounding so hard. Terrifying. That is when everything came down on me like a hammer. I never got that waking up raring to go feeling back. So if you catch it before it really screws you up that is all you can ask for.
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(05-13-2015, 03:52 PM)player Wrote: If you feel OK now, wait until you get on a machine! WOW!!!

Maybe I'll be as hyper as my Jack Russell....Too-funny
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(05-13-2015, 03:53 PM)DariaVader Wrote: I don't know why, because I don't remember that you have said your age, but somehow I think you are younger than the majority of us, and are catching the OSA before it has done as much damage as it would have done later on left untreated... that is super news for you! I wish I had known when I was younger, and had the means to treat my apnea! A significant number of the folk on this forum seem to be in their 70s and the majority who aren't seem to be mid 50s to 60s (i'm in that group) I say seem - because the majority ain't telling, but they let it out now and again Smile

I'm in your group, Daria, but other than nearly "dying" in my sleep a time or two, my energy level hasn't really changed from what it has always been. It'll probably hit me all at once some day!Laugh-a-lot
"Freedom is the oxygen of the soul."
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(05-13-2015, 04:15 PM)wildboar Wrote: I used to feel great, too when I woke up. I could stay up for 2 days straight without any problem. Drive 16 hours off of only 4-5 hours sleep the night before. I know for sure I had some positional apnea back then and could only sleep on my sides or my airway would collapse.

Then around age 38 I did the waking up gasping for air thing. Heart pounding so hard. Terrifying. That is when everything came down on me like a hammer. I never got that waking up raring to go feeling back. So if you catch it before it really screws you up that is all you can ask for.

Yes, so true. As someone has said, "Getting old(er) is not for sissies!"
"Freedom is the oxygen of the soul."
Moshe Dayan
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(05-13-2015, 03:36 PM)kingskid Wrote: If 90% is low, 70% is what--almost dead?

Rumor has it that if you have a 0% for 10 minutes or more, you are no longer allowed to post on this forum.
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