I am a 37 year old female. I went for a sleep study on Tuesday night. I don't fully understand or remember all the numbers the doctor rattled off the next morning. I do know I have sleep apnea (mild, I believe) and am on to the titration phase of this journey.
If insurance will approve it, I'll likely have it in the lab. That makes more sense to me, to have a professional monitoring the big picture, rather than relying on a machine to measure a limited amount of data and go back and forth to the doc, while we get the pressure figured out.
On the other hand, I'm not looking forward to having that pokey thing in my nose again! I had a miserable night at the study, in part because I was under allergy attack or a cold and my nose was stuffed up and running all night. I was awake more than I was asleep.
Since the apnea is so minor, I am hoping and praying that losing weight will help, though I'm told my anatomy is the problem (narrow airway, deviated septum). I think a machine y'all talk about that documents everything all night would let me know when maybe I'm ready to wean off the machine? I know I'm probably being a dreamer here, but bear with me, I have to think this way to get through this.
Other info: I am on anti-depressants which contribute to and/or exacorbate restless legs, so I'm now on Requip as well. Its only been a couple weeks, but I feel like I wake up more in the night since I've been on it.
I really don't want to be on all these drugs or the CPAP on one hand. On the other, I know it will save my life. I am also hopefull that the CPAP will get me a better night's sleep, more energy and focus during the day, and maybe I can go off the Celexa and Requip eventually.
I've rattled on a bit here, but my main question is what you recommend/prefer as far as in home/automated titration vs. doing it in the lab.
If I do it at the lab, do I basically come home the next day, CPAP in hand? Or is that when my DME journey begins?
The tech let me try on a nasal pillow mask and a small, over the nose one in case she would have to wake me up to put it on me. I didn't end up needing it that night, but now I'm wishing I'd asked her what happens to those masks? Do they sanitize them for another patient? Throw them away? I'm kindda wishing I'd at least ASKED if I could keep them, just in case.
I can tell already this is a great place for support. You are all a wealth of information.