Month: July 2020
all my doctors are convinced that i have sleep apnea. i have several symptoms. the main symptom being fatigue. i’m in my early twenties.
my sleep study was supposed to be today but for reasons i won’t talk about here, had to be rescheduled until august 17th. i’m really frustrated by this because now i won’t know the results until august 31st.
is there anything i can do for sleep apnea without the machine?
I’ve had the machine for 10 days or so and still haven’t managed to keep the mask on for more than about 4 hours. I started off with a nasal pillow mask but I don’t breathe well through my nose and felt like I was suffocating, so switched to a hybrid. It’s much better being able to breathe through my mouth, but the problem now is I have to remember to breathe deeply, or the air pressure goes down & again I feel like I’m suffocating.
Another constant problem is that when I’m falling asleep, I often pause between breaths for a second or two. No obstruction, it just takes a moment before I inhale again. So the machine decides I’m not there anymore and turns the air pressure down, which of course wakes me up.
Plus it’s hard to get comfortable with this thing on my face, even though it’s very soft silicone!
The upshot of all this is that the machine has been measuring an average of 14 events per hour, when my sleep study showed 6. So frustrating!
I’m going to talk to my sleep specialist about all this, of course, but I’m away from home for the next week and a half so I thought I would just gripe about it here in the meantime! Any thoughts or personal experiences would be very, very much appreciated.
I woke up one night at 4am sleeping on my back with a racing heart and struggling to breathe. This happened in February and I’ve been struggling with constant tachycardia ever since. My heart rate lying down is usually between 95-110. It used to be a solid 75 (I’m a little chunky). When I’m casually up and about it can be between 120-130. Cleaning the bathroom leaves me winded with chest pains and hr of 160. While it’s not as terrible as it could be, it’s a bit exhausting.
I saw a cardiologist who ordered an echocardiogram and I wore two Holter monitors. They found nothing abnormal. My tachycardia and tremors prompted my new PCP to ask me about my sleep patterns and I have many sleep apnea symptoms like anxiety, low-grade depression, mouth breathing at night, daytime fatigue, insomnia, memory loss, and concentration issues. I’m overweight but also small at 5’2”. I also have a small mouth, large tongue, small nose, etc.
My tachycardia prompted my doctor to order a sleep study and ask about my sleep habits. It’s TBD. I wanted to go to a sleep specialist because I realized how I sleep is weird. They diagnosed me with insomnia and restless leg syndrome. If I do have sleep apnea, I wanted to have the specialist on my team.
Anyway, they said that there really isn’t a good link with tachycardia and sleep apnea. Has anyone experienced something similar to me? Does anyone have resources that might explain why my PCP and cardiologist to suggest this but not the sleep doctor? She’s at the Cleveland Clinic and very well-known so it’s interesting to hear her say that.
I finished my trials with the CPAP machine to see if it actually works for me . My initial Ahi was 138 and now my Ahi is less that 1. That’s crazy how much it improved! I have had some of the best sleep! It’s crazy that I just thought my snoring was no big deal and now I’m just amazed by the quality of my sleep that I now have.