I have no symptoms of sleep apnea. No daytime sleepiness, no morning headaches. My husband cannot sleep with snoring in the room, and in 8 years of marriage, he says I've never snored. I went to the doctor because sometimes when trying to fall asleep, I would suddenly wake up and take a big breath. My husband occasionally noticed this (he stays up late working on his laptop next to me in bed), and he said it might happen a few times per hour. So I went in for a sleep study, assuming that if I had OSA, it would be mild to moderate.
At the sleep study, they gave me a sleep aid beforehand...which I thought was weird, because I'd heard that sleep aids can make sleep apnea worse, so I wondered if it could affect the results of the test regarding how severe my sleep apnea is.
I slept poorly the night of the test (as expected, since I don't sleep well away from home), and only got about 2 hours (the first 2 hours after taking the sleep aid). The results came back as very severe--apparently I was having an apnea episode about once per minute. I'm very concerned that the sleep aid may have impacted the results. When I asked my doctor if this were possible, he just said, "No, not typically" and prescribed a CPAP mask.
Should I be concerned that my doctor made such an extreme diagnosis based on 2 hours of broken sleep with a sleep aid that my body was not accustomed to?? Has anyone else ever been diagnosed with severe OSA despite having no symptoms and no snoring?
Thanks so much!