(10-09-2012, 09:24 AM)HBH Wrote:
just been diagnosed with sleep apnea, & just found this forum - looks like lots of awesome info here!
I have a question re mild sleep apnea. As I look around the posts there are lots of folks here with very severe SA, & obviously CPAP/APAP therapy is the way to go.
But are there folks out there with mild SA who have also found CPAP/APAP to be useful? From my sleep study I have 12 AHI per hour, putting me in the mild category. Have been on a trial on the ResMed S9 auto, & my AHI is now <1 on average. I'm still struggling with trying to get used to it (only been 2 weeks) etc, but my OH has certainly had much better sleep since I've been on the machine LOL. But with such mild apnea, is it worth me perservering with it all?
Sorry if this is a silly query, but just wondering if there are other folks out there in the mild category who have found CPAP has made a significant difference to their quality of life?
As PaulaO2 said "With an AHI of 12, that meant you stopped breathing for at least 10 seconds 12 times an hour average. That means every five minutes you stopped breathing"
Posibly this may mean that your Apnea may have been diagnosed earlyer than most & this could mean less damage to your body (Brain memory loss & cardio vascular desease)
For some of us we may have had Sleep Apnea for many years but with out the correct diagnosis we just get passed by from Dr.s.
I now wonder how much damage I have been doing to my body because I have had mager sleep problems for many years.
I was trying to get in to a sleep study ever since I heard we had one in my City about 2 years but my Dr. just ignored me untill I did a basic sleep study from my Pharmicy wich was waering a box for a week & that gave me a print out report & recomendation for a full over night sleep study.
Even so you have mild sleep apnea it is still robing you of Oxigen wich efects all your orgins & vascular system contributing to Heart Atack, Stroke High Hypertention (High Blood Presure) & may lead to Diabetes.
Not to mention that you will not get a proper sleep not going into all the sleep stages & then wake up feeling like you have not slept.
You will find may posts here talking of memory problems & haveing trouble comming up with simple words when try to make a sentance.
So I too think it is in your best intrest to continue with your CPAP Theripy.
Why wait till you get worse readings & more serius deseise when you can start now.
I wish my Dr.s had noticed or listened to me along time ago & then maybe I could have avoided having Diabetes & not being able to remember importnt a conversations.
I know it is not what you look foreword to when going to bed but if you get the software & start looking at your data it helps.
Not to mention that you will be able to liik back & feel a diference but it can take weeks to feel it.