After months of banishment to the couch for snoring, my dear wife telling me I often stop breathing, my dentist telling me I stopped breathing several times under sedation, and uncontrolled weight gain- I finally had a home sleep study.
I'm still figuring out all of the #'s here, but:
Apnea index 88.2
Lowest saturation 51%
obstructive apneas: 553
central apneas: 17
Of course, I had to go in for a sleep study after that and I was put on BiPap with a nasal pillow. It has been wonderful! It doesn't bother me at all, just takes a coule of minutes to get used to when I first put it on. I really wish I had done this years ago.
Thanks for the input, I might do that soon. I am self-employed, have a part time job, and am a full-time student, so rest when I can get it is important! I just purchased a machine online, since my insurance is not the best, and $500 a month for ten months isn't really an option for me. Apparently the one I ordered is the same as the rental but a year older model, with only 8 hours on it. When I get the new machine next week, I will explore my options, mostly to read up on how well it is working, I don't see the need to change anything right now, I am completely comfortable with it and sleeping perfectly.
It took some getting used to, (swallowing, coughing, opening mouth) but the benefits are amazing. I can't put into words the difference it has made in my life. I was dozing off at work, couldn't drive for more than 20 minutes or so, just tired (and grumpy) all the time. I refer to my machine now as my "supercharger". It is also nice to sleep in your own bed, too.