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The Hidden Reason You Might Be Tired All The Time
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For the past two or so years I had been extremely exhausted/sleepy in the mornings and after lunch. When I would take my lunch break, I would grab a fast and small meal, then sit down with the intent to work on personal projects until back to the job. I could only sit for a few minutes and I would fall into a deep sleep until having to go back to work. I would wake up instinctively, most of the time. My brother whom was a "fall asleep at the wheel" guy about 12 or so years ago at which time I convinced him to have a sleep study done, he did, been cpap'ing ever since with great improvements in bp and daytime sleepiness. He finally convinced me to have the sleep study done and what a surprise! Hence the recent initiation of cpap therapy. First morning was great! Since I started on the evening of 02/05/2015 I somehow pulled my mask off for about two hours and could feel a major negative difference the next day!

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(02-14-2015, 01:26 AM)Mike1953 Wrote: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/13...70032.html

Umm I presume that's why we are all here, so in fact it is not hidden.
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(02-23-2015, 07:44 AM)lab rat Wrote:
(02-14-2015, 01:26 AM)Mike1953 Wrote: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/13...70032.html

Umm I presume that's why we are all here, so in fact it is not hidden.

It frequently goes undiagnosed for many years and the really bad health issues it can cause are not particularly well publicized. In that sense, I think "hidden" is an appropriate description. If I'd known that sleep apnea was a well-known root cause for afib, I would have done a sleep study many years ago. My father had a bunch of what were likely afib-induced mini-strokes that produced Alzheimer's symptoms. He had untreated obstructive sleep apnea and I inherited it.
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(02-24-2015, 10:53 PM)GeoffD Wrote:
(02-23-2015, 07:44 AM)lab rat Wrote:
(02-14-2015, 01:26 AM)Mike1953 Wrote: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/13...70032.html

Umm I presume that's why we are all here, so in fact it is not hidden.

It frequently goes undiagnosed for many years and the really bad health issues it can cause are not particularly well publicized. In that sense, I think "hidden" is an appropriate description. If I'd known that sleep apnea was a well-known root cause for afib, I would have done a sleep study many years ago. My father had a bunch of what were likely afib-induced mini-strokes that produced Alzheimer's symptoms. He had untreated obstructive sleep apnea and I inherited it.

Look, if we were still in 1995 when I had symptoms I would agree. But here we are 20 years later, and the amount of information and publicity, not to mention word-of-mouth advice about sleep apnea and other sleeping disorders is so much greater now, I don't see how people in this day and age are either unaware, or don't even bother to see a doctor or ask around just what the heck is wrong with them.

Snoring, nodding off, feeling so lethargic you dont even want to exercise etc etc...

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But that isn't the whole issue either.

The primary reason I went so long without being diagnosed is because I had no symptoms that were visible to me. A smart ENT asked me a few questions while I was there for an ear infection, had me fill out a questionnaire based on that, and recommended a home test, the rest being history.

I was not lethargic or nodding off noticeably before xPAP, and I don't really feel better after (because I didn't feel bad in the first place). But there is no bigger evangelist than me regarding how helpful this therapy can be to sufferers (even if they don't realize that they are suffering), because "feeling better" is just one star in the galaxy of benefits available here.

And more info isn't really a reason to know more in a world where we have more info, too much info, on everything, all the time. Info without some sort of motivation is pretty useless, because action works while info doesn't.

Hidden is a relative term. Not hidden to us, but hidden to the other 17 million who just don't know yet. An article targeted to the masses can call the issue hidden very appropriately, IMHO.
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(02-25-2015, 07:11 AM)lab rat Wrote: Snoring, nodding off, feeling so lethargic you dont even want to exercise etc etc...

I've talked to several people who think falling asleep throughout the day or w/e is perfectly normal behavior. I can see the "hidden" thing -- I'd like to see a study on how many people have sleep apnea vs. how many are aware of it vs. how many are treated for it, if such a thing exists.
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