A little background:
I snore. (My wife sleeps in another room)
I sometimes wake up gasping for air.
Two nights ago I woke up panting very hard, and my heart racing. But wasn't dreaming. Took a while to catch my breath, like I'd just finished a sprint.
I'm still tired after sleeping. Except on the weekends if I can get 10 hours then it's not too bad.
The worst symptoms started probably 5 years ago, maybe a little more. (54 now)
A couple of years ago I lost 20 lbs and it was better. (190 down to 170)
Have gained 10 lbs of that back. But still about the same waist size (34"). 180 at 6' height is not exactly obese... 170 was too slim. So getting skinnier is probably not a reasonable option for me to alleviate my symptoms.
Testosterone therapy has helped a lot with mood and energy, started about 2 years ago. But still a lot more tired than I should be.
The past year my heart rate has been climbing up. Blood pressure is good (magnesium supplements helped me a lot there). Resting rate of 80's is usual, sometimes low 90's.
Got an oximeter yesterday. OMS 50D+. Wore it last night. My o2's were mainly in the 90's, but were up and down a lot. My heart rate was up and down a lot too, often in the 100's.
Last night was a pretty good night, one of my better ones, as far as how I feel this morning. I'm curious how a bad night would look.
I have a pair of dental retainers left from braces 24 years ago. I still wear them at night. My top teeth shift after a few weeks if I don't. I have found in the past couple of months, if I leave the bottom retainer out, and use the top retainer, it pushes my lower jaw forward which seems to help a lot (but not completely). If I forget the top retainer, my sleep quality is much worse.
I've resisted getting a sleep study. Probably mainly because I have been resistant to needing to wear a CPAP. But I know it did wonders for a co-worker who was so bad off he would nearly nod off in the middle of a conversation with you.
I'm tired of being tired. And the elevated heart rate has me concerned. So I think I'm about to overcome my resistance...
Here's my oximeter chart from last night.
I'm curious how it would look if I slept badly (i.e. without my top retainer) but not curious enough to take on the fatigue the next day. Especially at the moment, because I'm in the last few days of studying for a tough certification exam in one week, and need to be on my game as best I can.
I've tried holding my breath as long as I can, to see how low I can get my o2%, but can't hold it past 95%, which makes me think that the low 90's are low "for me".
Just had some blood work done and my red blood cell counts were high compared to 6 months ago, so there is probably some compensation going on there.