A few months ago I was talking to a friend at work who had just finished a sleep study and was prescribed a CPAP machine. Over the next couple weeks he raved about how well he was sleeping, feeling less tired, more alert. etc.
I really started to think about how well I was sleeping. My wife has always said she tries to fall asleep before me because of my snoring. Come to think of it, I remember family members making comments to me 20 years ago of being a rather loud snorer. I'm always waking up a few times at night too, tired in the mornings, bags under my eyes, the list goes on.
I signed up and took some sleep hygiene classes my insurance offers at the medical clinic and didn't really feel I fit the mold for the sleep disorders they were talking about. So, I started recording myself at night using a $5 app on my cell phone. I had no idea how bad I was as I explored the recordings every day from the previous night. When I played back the recording to the guy leading the class, he told me I didn't need to come to the next session and he was going to pass on to my Primary Care Manager the recommendation for a sleep study. He also commented on "my poor wife".
So, I was referred to an ENT Dr. and they set me up for a two night study. The first night was horrible. It was like sleeping in a hospital room. The A/C was loud, I could hear people in the hallway, it wasn't dark enough, and I had all those wires attached to me, a tube in my nose, and a recording box around my neck. I don't really think I slept more than 1.5-2 hours of the 6 total.
The second night was better, they put me in a more 'hotel-like' room, not quite as many wires, I asked to have the little computer next to me instead of around my neck. I didn't know at the time what machine they used, but looking at pictures on the net I think it was a ResMed S9 with just the nose mask. I fell asleep fairly quick, within a half hour or so, figured out I needed to keep my mouth shut, and it was lights out. I don't know if it was the machine, maybe because I was so tired from not sleeping well the previous night? IDK, but for the time I did sleep, it seemed I slept well. The tech had to wake me up in the morning! That's something that would never happen at home.
That brings me to today. Received a text this morning that my report was ready, so having the day off, I went in to pick it up. The final recommendation was auto-CPAP. Now I'll take back to my Dr. and go from there. My friend that went through this same process a few months ago said it only takes a couple days and a tech comes to your house to set up the machine and show me how to use it.
I'm new to this and have been reading a lot, my summary results were:
Before: 27.5 AHI+RER, O2 Sat (low) 77%, awakenings 43,sleep efficiency 69.4%
w/ CPAP @ 11cm: 2.6 AHI+RERA, O2 Sat (low) 89%, awakenings 4, sleep efficiency 98%
Thought I'd share my story. Once I get up to 8 posts I will post a link to the full reports. I'm new to this, so open for thoughts and comments. Thanks.