Sleep Apnea

I found out a few years ago that I have sleep apnea. I was sooo tired all of the time, had weight I couldn't lose, couldn't remember things, etc. I got a CPAP, but after trying it a few times and finding it annoying, decided that I wasn't going to use it. Plus back then, my kids were younger and I sometimes slept in their rooms and didn't feel like hauling the thing around (like it was that heavy!)LOL But a few months ago..I read an article about sleep apnea and how it can cause heart disease, stroke, heart attacks, sudden death, etc. I didn't really think about that before..dumb, I know. I'm 42 now and overweight..I don't need more risk factors. So had another sleep study done and will be getting a new CPAP machine this week. I hate having to wearing a "darth vader mask" on my face at night, but am willing to do it if it makes me feel better, more awake, have more energy, remember things better and maybe even lose some weight. They put me on oxygen for this past month until I was able to get the CPAP, because they said I needed something right then. I stayed all night for the sleep study, but had to go back again, because even though I fell asleep that first took me about 5-6 hours before I went into REM sleep..which isn't good. With the CPAP on (at the next one) only took me about an hour or so.
RubyLane RubyLane
46-50, F
2 Responses Mar 5, 2012

I had Sleep Apnea but talked to my Ears, Nose and Throat" doctor (who had the same surgery himself) and he was able to convince my insurance company (in less than 5 munutes), that a 60 minute surgery taking out my tonsils, my uvla, and a bunch of that extra hanging crap in my throat and I was cured of sleep apnea. I was in and out of the hospital where the surgery took place in four hours. I cannot snore now because everything back there to allow snoring is removed. Four of my friends have asked for and have gotten the surgery and are now sleeping like a babies every night with no CPAP machine ever again. Check it out. Ask the question. I had the operation in 2010 and am very thankful I made the decision to have the surgery. I had 10 days of a sore throat and now a lifetime of no problems.

I'm glad that all is going good!!:) I may have to check into that surgery!!:)

Stick with it. It is a matter of life or death. I also have sleep apnea and I always use my CPAP. This is the story I like to tell: imagine you were on the Titanic and couldn't make it onto the life boat. You're in the frigid water and will die of hypothermia in 15 or 20 minutes. An empty lifeboats floats by with dry blankets, a thermos of hot coffee, a basket of food and flashlights and whistles and flares. Wouldn't you climb in??? That is what CPAP is to me: a life boat! Now I'll admit it took me a couple of months of trying different masks to get the right one and used to the machine ... but now I am 100% compliant!

Thank you for this..though it has take me over 3 years to see it!! LOL