Slow but Steady Improvements

Hi everyone,

Recently started CPAP therapy and I wanted to share my experience for those that are considering a sleep study/ starting CPAP soon

I’m 26 years old and have snored my entire life. Noticed on my mom’s side, that my grandmother and uncle both snore, but I didn’t think I had a problem. It wasn’t until I was working that I realized memory issues that I asked my MD for a sleep study referral. Sometimes I’d walk across the room to talk to a colleague about a patient of ours, and I could not even remember that patients name.

Since COVID-19, I have gained a fair bit of weight, and I was starting to see that some mornings when I’d wake up, I’d have a headache. More importantly every morning my heart was beating really fast. I wasn’t falling asleep at the wheel, but I would feel tired at work. This combined with the memory issues made me pursue getting a sleep study done.

The night of my sleep study, I had many issues falling asleep, and felt as though I did not sleep. When I woke up, the technician stated that I did get enough info.

Fast forward 1 month later and the sleep doctor calls me stating that I have mild sleep apnea (AHI of 7.5). He recommended 2 options:

  1. Sleep denture made by the dentist
  2. CPAP

I chose option 2 due to insurance coverage.

It has been about 3 weeks now since I started CPAP therapy, and at first I didn’t really feel it was life changing like other reddit posts. My AHI was brought down to 0.6 so it definitely was working. However, as I am getting back into studying, I am seeing that concepts are a lot easier for me to follow and my memory is much better. I am able to remember a patient’s name much easier. The other day, I accidentally much have pulled off the CPAP during my sleep because when I woke up, I felt terrible, and I experience a lot of brain fog. The benefit of CPAP was not apparently until I missed a day.

While I am still not close to being 100%, it seems like each day has been getting better and better. To anyone that is considering a study, please do so, as you’d be amazed by the benefits. Even if you don’t feel much benefit, you can be rest assured that you’re getting the best quality of sleep possible. This increased energy has also helped me start on an exercise plan, and I look forward to losing the weight I gained.

Side note: At the beginning of 2020, before COVID and before I gained weight, I pursued getting treatment for ADHD as I believed that I had issues focusing. Turns out these symptoms may have been related to sleep apneas.

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Are nasal strips a good alternative to a clap?

I’m going to give you guys a background to my apnea. I am 24 years old and was diagnosed 3 years ago. I had no idea I had sleep apnea until then. According to the sleep study, I had a severe case; one point I stopped breathing about 40-50 times in a minute and my longest episode lasted about 55 seconds. It really affected my mood and my performance in college. I was known as the guy that was late for everything.

I was given a cpap and I really tried to use it but i would always wake up disappointed because the mask would be laying next to me; I would always take it off in my sleep unconsciously. I probably only had maybe 5 good night sleep with the cpap ever and that was probably cause I was stoned. I eventually gave up and the past two years I haven’t used my cpap.

After playing around with my nose one day. I realized when I push it in a certain position, I feel a weird “click” and I breathe MUCH better. After extensive research I came to realize I have deviated septum… my ENT never even mentioned or pointed that out…

Last night I tried a breath right nose strip… and good god I swear I had amazing sleep. I woke up feeling like I did the first time I ever slept 8 hours with my cpap! Now idk if this is a placebo, but the strip actually does hold my nose in the best position so that it’s “in place” and I really do feel like a hundred bucks right now.

What do you guys suggest after reading this? I’m open to all suggestions, comments or advice. I am starting back school this semester and I really need to get good sleep.

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Anyone Else Feel Cursed and Hanging by a Thread?

I’ve had major fatigue issues for years. I made key changes: side sleeping, no sleeping on my back. Trying to eat more fresh veggies and fruits, cutting back on junk food. Still feel exhausted a lot of the time. Tried CPAP for several weeks after a home sleep study found moderate obstructive apnea (several hypopneas) Even after many weeks and a low AHI below 3, I still feel so exhausted.

I honestly feel cursed. My friends and relatives have gotten job promotions, advanced their careers. They hike, swim, etc. Meanwhile for years and years I barely hang by a thread. I do occasionally have good days but then the next day I usually feel exhausted again. I hate this. I’ve tried so many things but nothing ever changes. I know about MMA but I am really put off from having my jaw sawed open and then several weeks of a painful and hellish recovery and the risk of losing sensation in my lower lip and face. There has to be something that works without resorting to that.

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Starting cpap next week. 2 questions.

Next week I start cpap. My problem is hypopneas (breathing too shallow that leads to oxygen desaturation).

1) does a CPAP machine help shallow breathing? I thought it would only help osa by keeping the airway open.

2) will the cpap recognize shallow breathing and record it for the dr to see if the machine is working (or will it only recognize obstructions)?

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No insurance but I’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Is it okay to use my dads old cpap?

Hey, so I lost my insurance with the start of the new year and I’m unsure as to when I’ll be able to get it again. I had a sleep study done very recently where I was told that I stopped breathing over 140 times within the first hour so they fitted me with a mask and went in for adjustments. They wanted me to go back in for a second test, but even with my insurance it still cost me about $700 out of pocket.

My dad just received a new cpap system and offered his old one to me. I figure that if I do take it, it’ll need cleaned and a new mask and hose. Is there anything inherently wrong with using his old one though?

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