Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I have just been diagnosed with "Sleep Apnea". Last night was my first night with my own CPAP machine. It was so quiet but I know it will take a while for me to get used to sleeping with it. Here is my machine, the newest on the market!
ICON Novo CPAP Machine with Built In Heated Humidifier and ThermoSmartHere is the mask that I received:
You might wonder if YOU have sleep apnea? Here is all the information one might need to decided.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which triggers pauses in breathing during sleep. These episodes, called apneas, last long enough so one or more breaths are missed, and occur repeatedly throughout sleep. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram.
Often, individuals with sleep apnea are not aware of having difficulty breathing. Because of this, sleep apnea is frequently recognized by a spouse or sleep-mate who witnesses sleep apnea episodes. Sometimes sleep apnea is suspected because of its effects on the body copy. Symptoms may be present for years or even decades without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance.
- Loud snoring. This can indicate breathing problems or blocked air passages.
- Cessation of breathing or choking spells in the night. In severe cases, this can occur over fifty times an hour with each spell lasting as long as ten seconds.
- Excessive daytime sleepiness. Daytime sleepiness can become so excessive that working becomes difficult and driving is dangerous.
- Frequent visits to the bathroom. Individuals with sleep apnea often find that they require repeated trips to the bathroom throughout the night.
- Severe mood swings. Sleep deprivation can affect mental health, often causing moods to shift rapidly from depression to irritability to anger.
- Obesity. Although some slim people do suffer from sleep apnea, the majority are overweight or obese.
- Low sex drive and a general lack of energy. Because individuals with sleep apnea suffer from sleep deprivation, they often find they lack the energy to perform daily activities, and even lose interest in sex.
- Dry mouth and sore throat in the morning. This is caused from sleeping with the mouth open, snoring and gasping for air.
- Lack of concentration and forgetfulness. Sleep deprivation affects motor skills and memory.
- Morning headaches. Lack of sufficient air throughout the night can cause headaches.