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#1
Hey guys,

Ive always been a loud snorer and a mouth breather. I always suspected I had sleep apnea cause my GF tells me i stop breathing at times at night (especially after drinking some beer). It never concerned me before but I just did some research and found out untreated apnea can lead to serious medical problems.

I basically sleep an average of 6-7 hours a night and I feel fine the next day usually (not exhausted or tired etc). Im thinking of going to the doc for one of those sleep tests. Just wanted an opinion does it sound like i have it bad?

I figured that if you had a bad case you would be tired from not getting much good sleep. Im like 40 - average weight (24 BMI) - non smoker.

I know its not much to go on just looking for some opinions..

Thanks!


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#2
Hi Grasshopper1917! Welcome to the forum.

Here is a link to the American Sleep Apnea Association's website. This site has links to various sleep apnea questionnaires that may aid you in determining if you have any apnea symptoms.

http://www.sleepapnea.org/treat/test-yourself.html

Good Luck!
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#3
Hi grasshopper1917 and welcome
Your GF observation is the best guide, get tested for proper diagnoses
Alcohol and sleep do no mix, good idea not drink alcohol or eat food at least 4 or 5 hours before going to bed
Sleep on your side does help too, more snoring if sleeping on your back

Take care and good luck
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#4
Hi grasshopper1917,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It’s probably a good idea if you can to get a sleep study done, so you can know for sure.
Hang in there for more answers to your questions and good luck to you.
trish6hundred
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#5
Hi grasshopper1917,

Definetly get a sleep study done. It will at least give you a diagnosis either way and peace of mind.
If your GF says you stop breathing, and you are snoring, then don't ignore the symptoms even if you don't feel tired during the day.

Your still young. Best to catch and treat this disease before it causes a host of other problems like
High blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems, heart disease, etc.

There are many of us on this forum that wish we were diagnosed earlier before we ended up with other medical issues.

Good luck!
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#6
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#7
Same here.
Get thee to a sleep clinic and make haste.
The sooner you get started on the program and adapted to the therapy, the better your life will be.

Cheers!


"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." - Thomas Foxwell Buxton

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#8
Hi Grasshopper 1917,

I agree, get the sleep study done without delay. If possible, hold out for an "in clinic" study with titration. Based on my experience, the less costly "at home" sleep study does not tell the whole story. If insurance is involved the "at home" study may be pushed but you may be able to appeal that and get one done in a clinic.

Good luck.
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