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#31
Sleep studies are no fun. That said, it doesn't hurt, and the worst that can happen is you don't get a good night's sleep. But if you are going in for a study, it sounds like you already know what that feels like.

Make sure to let them know if you aren't comfortable. If possible, get the wake up time relaxed. To me, it was the most senseless part of the testing: take someone who has trouble sleeping, is probably anxious about testing, and then give them a hard stop to get out of bed in the morning.

Moronic.

Best wishes to you.

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#32
Thanks Sleeprider and Dwlims for the advice.

Is it possible to have OSA when you don't gasp for breath? Or if you only gasp every now and then? I think that my snoring is the major issue and it doesn't matter how I sleep, whether I sleep on my side or on my back. Thanks again for all the feedback.

Dwlims, it sounds like I may have to do a HST versus an in lab study. But still want to have it done so that I can rule out OSA if that is not a problem for me.
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#33
Quote:Is it possible to have OSA when you don't gasp for breath?

I believe it is. In my case I have about a 50 / 50 split between obstructive and centrals. SWMBO used to complain about my snoring but had never noticed my breathing stopped or gasping for breath. She was really surprised when I was diagnosed (and she's a senior nurse who is well attuned to medical issues).
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#34
(01-13-2016, 08:55 AM)Inky1 Wrote: Thanks Sleeprider and Dwlims for the advice.

Is it possible to have OSA when you don't gasp for breath? Or if you only gasp every now and then? I think that my snoring is the major issue and it doesn't matter how I sleep, whether I sleep on my side or on my back. Thanks again for all the feedback.

Dwlims, it sounds like I may have to do a HST versus an in lab study. But still want to have it done so that I can rule out OSA if that is not a problem for me.


I think you will still want to do an official study even fter the HST. This is a big decision; make sure to get all of the information you can afford to.

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#35
Hi everyone, just wanted to let you know that I was finally able to get my HST done last night. I feel very tired today after that ordeal. It wasn't that bad, just had a sensor that kept blinking in my face during the night.

I will take the unit back to the sleep doctor today and hope to get my results soon. Keep you posted!
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#36
(01-28-2016, 08:57 AM)Inky1 Wrote: Hi everyone, just wanted to let you know that I was finally able to get my HST done last night. I feel very tired today after that ordeal. It wasn't that bad, just had a sensor that kept blinking in my face during the night.

I will take the unit back to the sleep doctor today and hope to get my results soon. Keep you posted!

Picture the designer of that system..."Hey, let's put a blue LED light on this sensor, and stick it on the end of the guy's nose. We don't need it, but it will really mess with his head".

Good luck! Sounds like a fun time.
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#37
I was offered the Home Sleep Study or the Regular Sleep Study. I elected the HSS to save me and my insurance money.

What they failed to tell me up front, if the HSS finds OSA, I have to take the RSS to 'fit and set' the machine.

So I end up, IMO, wasting time and money.

Why don't they tell you everything?
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#38
rkreiple, many people are diagnosed with OSA and do not have a titration study, but are instead issued an AutoCPAP and given instruction to self-titrate. I was one, and it is becoming a very accepted approach in insurance that saves a lot of money. Usually you can resolve differences like that by talking to your family doctor, or inquiring directly with your insurance carrier. Statements like you cite, are mostly fiction, created by someone with an interest in ongoing testing. An APAP can be issued without a pressure prescription.
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#39
(01-28-2016, 11:46 AM)rkreiple Wrote: I was offered the Home Sleep Study or the Regular Sleep Study. I elected the HSS to save me and my insurance money.

What they failed to tell me up front, if the HSS finds OSA, I have to take the RSS to 'fit and set' the machine.

So I end up, IMO, wasting time and money.

Why don't they tell you everything?


That would be the titration study, to determine your pressure. Nothing is ever easy, just be sure your insurance will pay.
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#40
I appreciate all the comments and feedback. I asked about what would happen if I was diagnosed with OSA. They said usually a titration study or self titrate using auto CPAP. They said it would be determined by what the insurance would do.

I believe my insurance would cover a titration study but only after I have met my deductible which is way to high. So if given the option I would like to self titrate.
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