Jul 09, 2010
I can definitely think of a better way to spend a Friday night than go for a sleep study - my second one in 2 years.
So, why am I goin then?
When I was in the hospital, the nurses doing rounds at night noted in my chart that they had observed apnea events when they came through. They woke me and put me on oxygen thinking that would be the correct thing to do only to find out that this is not appropriate for apnea as the respiratory therapist told me later. Another sleep study was recommended.
Then my daughter came to stay with me after I got out of the hospital. Since she was sleeping with me she had first hand knowledge of these apnea events, really loud snoring, and odd breathing patterns during the night. She woke me up on several occassions because she was concerned, but stopped when I threatened her (only kidding). When I saw the ENT, again another sleep study was recommended.
So that's why I am finally going through with the study - again. I have my own ideas about what may be making things worse - the muscle relaxant, but will let the pro's make that call.
I think that it is importatnt for anyone who is suspected of having symptoms that may be related to sleep apnea go and get it checked out. It is no joke to have apnea, something that can be a cause of daytime sleepiness to actually causing significant physical harm or even death.
I'll give up my Friday night to make sure things are ok and if they aren't then we will know what we need to do to get things back under control. Better to catch something before it gets worse than to wait.