Month: December 2020

How accurate is fitbits oxygen variation for determining sleep apnea?

I couple weeks ago I woke up to a severe headache which I realized wasn’t a headache but my heartbeat, when I opened my eyes my vision was blurry and my heartrate was at a cardio level. Since then I’ve been hyper aware if my sleep and checking my fitbit oxygen variation when I wake up, last night I had a similar event but I think I woke up the second it started so it was short and the variation was very small.

Should I reach out to my doctor to get referred to a sleep specialist? Should I look for one on my own? I’m pretty sure it’s weight related and already lost 10lbs.

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Feeling like shit right now

I was recently diagnosed with mild sleep apnea. My electrophysiologist (heart rhythm doctor) wanted to test me to see if that’s why I sometimes wake up in afib (irregular heartbeat). I received a CPAP machine and have been using it for the past two weeks. Tonight my wife, who is 8 years younger than me (55) says she cant stand looking at me wearing the mask and that I look too old and I’m disgusting. I hate wearing the thing too but am givng it a try. Now I feel disgusting and old everytime I go to bed. She is trying to talk me out of continuing to wear it. I haven’t really noticed any difference in the daytime. Has anyone just decided against using one?

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First night with an APAP

Hi all.

Little story about last night which was my first night with my APAP. My AHI pre APAP was tested at 15 and 34 whilst in REM.

I use the ResMed machine and am using the AirFit F20 full face mask due to my severely deviated septum. I have to say it was extremely uncomfortable, and I woke up numerous times. I don’t feel any different today than I do any other days which is unfortunate as some of the stories I’ve heard on here have been immediate life changing effects. While I know everyone is different, I still would like to feel something. I wokeup with a very dry mouth and nose, so I will have to adjust my humidity setting it seems. I also apparently had a leak of 24L/min. Not sure what that means. One think that I don’t know the accuracy of is how the machine detects AHI. It said my AHI was 0.3 which seems impossible. My pressure is set from 5-9. I would imagine I need more. But I will continue to use it and see how things progress over the coming weeks.

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All my apneas are within the first 2 hours of sleep, so why am I constantly waking up throughout the night?

I finally got my sleep report which says that my apneas (all centrals) happened only in the first 2 hours of sleep. I had an AHI of 25 per hour.

Now in those 2 hours, I awoke twice. But after that, I still awoke throughout the night, mainly to switch sides and pee.

I am waiting for my ASV and am hopeful it would get rid of this waking up to pee thing. Is it possible that apneas at the beginning can still cause me to pee later?

Also, I have ruled out diabetes, prostate issues, etc.

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Have Sleep Apnea? Here’s How to Have a Silent Night This Holiday Season

Woman sleeping peacefully next to festive decor

If you have sleep apnea, then achieving deep, restful sleep can be challenging. Now add in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and the end-of-the-year to-dos, and you could be missing out on even more sleep. Unfortunately, this can lead to unpleasant side effects, like memory loss, daytime drowsiness, and chronic headaches, which can significantly dampen the seasonal festivities. To help prevent this from happening to you, here are three tips for handling sleep apnea during the holidays.

#1. Plan for Travel

While some are choosing to lay low this holiday season, others are grabbing their masks, their gloves, and their suitcase to head out of town. If you are in the latter group, then preparation is key. Priority number one is to bring all the necessities you need to recreate your optimal sleeping environment. Items like a comfy pillow, peaceful music, and relaxing essential oils can help you find rest outside of your usual routine.  

#2. Use Your Oral Appliance

Whether you are staying with family or sleeping in your own bed, don’t forget your oral appliance! After all, the last thing you want is to back-track over the holidays. Plus, there is no excuse not to use it since they are more discreet than ever, can easily fit in your suitcase, and don’t require any electricity or tubes.

#3. Prioritize Your Rest

Between family dinners, buying gifts, and partaking in festivities that only come around once a year, it can quickly feel like you’re being pulled in a million directions during the holidays. With that being said, it’s important that rest is placed on your priorities list. That way, you avoid running on empty and can be present in the moments you are celebrating!

Getting a restful night’s sleep is always important, especially during the holidays. So, if you are struggling with snoring, daytime drowsiness, morning headaches, and other symptoms associated with sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to seek treatment for a formal diagnosis!

About the Practice

For over two full decades, Sleep Dallas has been the go-to practice for treating everything from sleep apnea and snoring to teeth grinding. Led by Dr. Kent Smith, a board-certified practitioner, each member of our team is united behind our mission to make getting the treatment you need as seamless and stress-free as possible. We do that by offering multiple appliances, being in-network with many of the nation’s leading providers, and taking a whole-health approach to care. If you have a question about treating sleep apnea or would like to schedule an appointment, visit our website.

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38/M Got my results

So I just got my results from a at home sleep study I did last week. I had 25 incidents where my oxygen dropped. They said it was moderate sleep apnea. Going to get a CPAP machine next week. Looking forward to maybe a clear head and more energy. Just wanted to introduce myself!

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