Later on that year, my partner noticed that I had irregular breathing when I'm sleeping. Not necessarily snoring but I would stop breathing occasionally. Without giving it much thought, I just took the information and did nothing with.
In late 2012, my father passed away from a stroke. He was 80 years old. After about 8 months of grieving, something came over me and came to the realization that a stroke can be hereditary. I studied my family medical history, talked to my mom, and got permission to look at my Dad's medical records. My dad had sleep apnea. Like any other human being on Earth I looked at Google to find out if sleep apnea can cause a stroke. It can.
During this whole time, my work life was extremely busy so unfortunately I didn't prioritize getting a sleep study done. It wasn't until late last year, 2014, that I had an oximeter study done at the comfort of my own home. After the results came in, they wanted me to go do a sleep study at the clinic. I was finally diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea at around 27 ahi. I was very uneducated about sleep apnea and thought that only middle-aged, overweight, male had this disorder. As stated earlier, I was in shape and my BMI is average. The doctor told me that because of my ethnicity, I'm Asian, I have a higher risk regardless of my weight, etc. That bit of information just blew my mind. The doctor went through some options with me including surgery, CPAP machine, mouth guard, etc. Both of decided that surgery was the last resort and that CPAP machine was the best choice.
Here I was in the doctors office being told I would be hooked up to a machine everyday before I go to sleep for the rest of my life. Needless to say I became depressed. Before I got my CPAP machine to make myself feel better, I started to troll these boards for information. I mean I "trolled" these boards. Any spare time I got, I was reading. This board and you guys are a godsend. Because of this information, I was able to pick out a good machine, Resmed Airsense 10 Autoset, and mask, Airfit f10. I was also was able to get good results since I started to use it a couple of weeks ago, average ahi is 2.2 and average leak rate is .26 and I feel so much better. No more headaches and tiredness.
So thank you for everyone on this board. It has saved my physical health and my mental health.