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Offline worry_wort007

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Sleep apnea; desperate for HELP!
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:09:31 AM »
I am desperate for some help. I have Sleep Apnea. I'm a 27 year old female. It's become worse over the years (I'd say I've had it for 4-5 years now, but maybe even longer). I am in fact overweight (which doesn't help, but it's something I am taking under control, finally). However, the PRIMARY reason why I suffer from this disorder is due to enlarged tonsils and a deviated septum. As a result, I snore LOUDLY and this is something that my boyfriend is having a hard time dealing with. He finds himself unable to sleep and this issue disrupts our entire relationship, because his willingness to spend nights with me is lacking because of my snoring.

This one is for the sufferers of Sleep Apnea or even for those who just snore. Is there anything I can do to decrease the loudness/amount of snoring? Any tricks? Any medication?? I'm desperate for some advice that will work, until I can get my tonsils and deviated septum fixed. I'm a mouth breather. Due to my deviated septum, I am unable to really breathe through my nose so please take that into account. Help, please! Thank you for listening.
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Re: Sleep apnea; desperate for HELP!
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 11:52:59 AM »
worry, my husband has had sleep apnea for at least 20 years. My mother has had it since I was a baby. My husband uses something called a breathing machine. (after meeting my husband and talking to my mom about it, we finally convinced her to go to the doc about it.) Any doctor, especially your family doctor can send you for a sleep study. This can be a one night event or a two night event. Basically, you go to a sleep clinic, they hook up a bunch of wires and the tech watches your oxygen numbers and view you on a camera while you sleep. If you end up having to go for the second night, they use that time to try and calibrate the breathing machine for you.

There is nothing to be afraid of with the breathing machine. It does take a while to get used to wearing at night while you sleep. But the newest models just create a quite white noise. No more snoring, your bf gets a good night sleep, and a little white noise works to calm your mind.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I am always willing to answer for you!
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Re: Sleep apnea; desperate for HELP!
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 06:41:43 AM »
Were you formally diagnosed or just suspect? Because a doctor should have had you do a sleep study and then decided a course of action. Most likely a Cpap machine. I've been using one for 10 years and I rarely snore. 
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Re: Sleep apnea; desperate for HELP!
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 07:18:18 PM »
I'm male, 35, and was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea in 2003 after having several sleep studies done.  I've had sleep apnea symptoms since I was a child.  I had always been active, played sports, and stayed in shape.  I was never overweight.  The common mis-conception of having sleep apnea is that only overweight people have it.  Yes, that can defiantly contribute to the airways being blocked, but it's not the sole reason.  I was put on the CPAP in 2003, used it for 4 years and it became unbearable to use.  So, I stopped using it and continued to suffer.  Nothing seemed to help.  In 2010, I heard about a surgery called Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP - removal of tonsils, adenoids, uvula, and a light trim of the soft palate) and went to a specialist to discuss options.  After a thorough examination, the doctor said that my neck was abnormally large and my tonsils and adenoids were "freakin huge".  His words.  He said I was defiantly a candidate for the surgery.  I decided to go for it.  The recovery was horrible, the absolute worst pain of my life, but the outcome has been life changing.  I no longer need to use a CPAP and I no longer have the symptoms that come along with having sleep apnea.  My number went from 72 episodes an hour, to 42 within the first 6 months after having the surgery.  I am now under 12 episodes an hour, which is acceptably normal. 

I'm not saying to run out and try to get this surgery done.  The results are different for everybody.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  If you haven't already, get a sleep study done and see where you are at.  If weight is the main issue, try your best to loose it.  If it's a deviated septum, large tonsils and adenoids, the doctor may recommend surgery.  Who knows.  As fas as medication for sleep apnea, I wish… Nothing yet.   

If you have anxiety, depression, etc etc….  Sleep apnea will intensify it by a thousand because you are not sleeping!  If you take medications like Xanex, Ativan, Valium, sleep aids,  and you take it before bed…. Yes, it will help you fall asleep initially, but your apnea will get worse throughout the night.  These are medications that relax the muscles and can assist in constricting the airways.  The same goes for drinking, if you drink before bed, it relaxes the muscles and you will not breathe as well.  Trust me, I've had more of those nights then I care to remember.  If you smoke, try to quit or at least cut way back.  This can also make apnea worse.

Here are a few things that I found helped with my sleep apnea before I had the surgery:

Exercise  (not right before bed / try for morning-late afternoon/early evening if possible)
Do not eat before bed or have late night snacks  (allow 3 hours if possible for your food to start digesting)
Do not take anything that acts as sedative before bed, including sleep meds
If you drink alcohol, give yourself 3 hours between your last drink and bed
Sleep on your side
Use one pillow  (head/neck should not be bunched up or tilted)
Do not over sleep.  If you can't sleep, get up and try again later.
Try breathing exercises which can help open passage ways and help with anxiety/stress  (I use 4-7-8 / you can look it up online)
Yoga?  I've never tried it, but heard it helps


If you have any questions about my experience with sleep apnea, feel free to ask.




                     
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Re: Sleep apnea; desperate for HELP!
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2014, 08:46:20 AM »
Ive had a sleep study done in 2012......Now I have a CPAP machine....its very quiet and even has a humidifier so my throat wont dry out during sleep.

It helped me a great deal...I have no regrets!
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