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Don't die in yor sleep

DON'T DIE IN YOR SLEEP
Other then my wife My blood pressure cuff and Sleeping machine is my best friend. At 285 and 22 neck. I'm at risk of dying in sleep. So I had to make a change. (Guys don't be another number of person(s) dying i their sleep) Get the machine. Your wife will love you no noise and you are refresh in the AM. This condition also thickens your blood and sometimes mistaken for TRT treatment.

Getting a good nightís sleep is not always easy. But it may even be harder for people who suffer from sleep apnea.

An estimated 22 million Americans have sleep apnea. However, many experts believe that the real figures are higher because many cases of the condition often go undiagnosed.

And with undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea comes serious health risks. So how do you know if itís just a simple snore or something more?

Read the article to find out about the early warning signs of sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common but potentially serious sleep disorder that affects breathing. In this condition, your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.

A CPAP device is considered the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea. The device has been around for more than 40 years now and has already been used by many patients who suffer from the condition.

Recently, however, some CPAP users were left hanging due to a device recall. When medical equiment manufacturer Philips recalled several of its CPAP devices, people who relied on the machines were disappointed.

In fact:

Many individuals who used the recalled products have now filed a CPAP lawsuit against the manufacturer. Plaintiffs claim that Philips already knew years ago about the potential toxic effects of their CPAP products, but chose to ignore it and not adequately inform the public of potential side effects, including lung injuries, respiratory problems, and even cancer.

These potential adverse effects can result from the sound abatement foam of the devices breaking down and being inhaled or ingested by patients.

What happens during a sleep apnea episode?
In sleep apnea, interruptions in breathing usually take around 10 to 20 seconds and may happen a hundred of times during the night. The longer you are deprived of oxygen during a sleep apnea episode, the more your heart rate tends to drop.

Then, this disruption in breathing causes your involuntary reflexes to jolt you awake. In contrast, when this happens, you heart rate accelerates quickly, causing your blood pressure to rise.

These interruptions to your normal sleep cycle may even be so brief that you donít even remember any of it once you wake up. But these brief occurences also mean that you spend less time in having a deep sleep. And we all know that a restful sleep is all it takes to properly function the next day.

In some cases, sleep apnea sufferers may not readily become aware that they have the condition. But there are some warning signs that are indicative of sleep apnea.

Main Types
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of the sleep-related breathing disorder. This type of sleep apnea occurs when the muscles at the back of your throat blocks part or all of your upper airway while you sleep. This causes your breathing to momentarily stop during an apneic episode.

The most common sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.

Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is a condition characterized by pauses in breathing due to a lack of effort to breathe during sleep. This much less common type of sleep apnea involves the central nervous system.

It happens when there is a lack of communication between your brain and the muscles that control your breathing. As a result, your brain doesnít send proper signals to these muscles to take in air.

Mixed Sleep Apnea
This rare type of sleep apnea is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea. Mixed apnea may begin as a central apnea and end as an obstructive apnea.

Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea
There are two reasons why it can be hard for sleep apnea sufferers to identify that they have the condition:

The most notable symptoms of sleep apnea only occur during sleep
Obstructive apnea and central apnea can often share similar symptoms
However, overcoming these difficulties can be easy with a partner. If you share a bedroom with someone, they might notice some signs while youíre sleeping.

Some of the most common warnings signs of sleep apnea include:

Loud snoring
Morning headache
Daytime sleepiness
Waking up with a dry mouth
Restless sleep or insomnia
Pauses in breathing during sleep
Snorting, choking, or gasping for air while asleep
Irritability
Difficulty concentrating
Is it snoring or sleep apnea?
Snoring may often be associated with sleep apnea, but not all snorers automatically have the condition. In the same way, not all people who suffer from sleep apnea also snores.

So really, how do you tell if itís only just simple snoring or you already have sleep apnea?

The first thing thatís perhaps the biggest giveaway is how your snoring sounds. This is because in sleep apnea, snoring is accompanied by breathing pauses. Therefore, you are more likely to gasp, choke, or other unusual sound at night if you suffer from the sleep disorder.

Another thing to consider is that normal snoring doesnít disrupt your sleep as it does when you have sleep apnea. With that said, if you experience symptoms like daytime sleepiness or fatigue along with snoring, you may want to visit a sleep specialist and be evaluated for sleep apnea.

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
The reasons behind sleep apnea can vary. However, there are certain risk factors that may increase oneís likelihood of developing the condition. These factors may include:

Being overweight or obese
Having a thicker neck circumference
Family history of sleep apnea
Enlarged tonsils that can block the airway
Advanced age
Nsal obstruction
Underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure
Men are also two to three times more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than women.

In fact:

The condition occurs in around 25% of men and nearly 10% of women. Sleep apnea can also affect people across all ages, including infants and children and individuals who are 50 and over.

The Bottom Line
The most common symptoms or warning signs of the different types of sleep apnea can often be similar. In the same way, people also often confuse snoring and sleep apnea as the same thing. However, the presence of symptoms like fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness may be a sign that you should suspect sleep apnea.

If you or your partner suspects that you are suffering from the condition, talk to your doctor immediately. If sleep apnea goes untreated, it can result in many health problems, including diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, and hypertension, among others.

With that said, it is important to take sleep apnea seriously. Talk to a sleep specialist who can diagnose your condition and help you choose the best treatment option for you.
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Pretty sure I have some form of it. wake all night several times tryin to breathe.

I am skinny but have a broke ass nose
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CPAPs make all the difference in the world. I will snore, really badly, so bad my throat hurts in the morning, if I don't put on the mask before I fall asleep. Also breaks in breathing and gasping for air. Much better sleep with it.

I now have the same CPAP machine as you do, and I know many others here do as well. Is the blood pressure cuff attached to the machines, or is it separate? I know that you can attach oxygen and an oximeter, but I'm just curious whether the cuff can be attached as well.

Philips Respironics finally acknowledged their receipt of my replacement request for my old recalled machines due to cancer risks, 3 months later. Only communication I've received from them. Told me it would take another year to get replacement machines.
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I had moderate SA, then I lost some weight and dropped out of moderate to mild. I also had a partial UPPP to correct it. Unfortunately, all that did was make me snore louder, and it's now more difficult to swallow.
Fast forward 4 years.

Two weeks ago, I woke up from a dead sleep, gasping for air...couldn't breathe, almost passed out from lack of breathing. It was scary AF!!! 30 minutes later, I still wasn't right with my O2. I woke up my wife and she told me it had to be SA. Two days later I had a sleep study. The results said that if I wanted to live, I probably should forget about sleep. My SA is now off the chart severe. Friday, they started trying to find a machine for me, and as of yet.....no luck.
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An absolute must for me. I will wake up with the worst headache if I do not wear my mask.

Still doesn't help with nightmares though.
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I forgot my CPAP for a one night road trip in the past 17 years or so that Iíve had one. Worst night ever, tossing and turning.
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yall are getting me convinced. I need to see a doc about it.
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yall are getting me convinced. I need to see a doc about it.
I take defensive pistol classes with a guy who owns a medical supply company. The machines are on backorder...worst supply disruption in their history. One of the two major suppliers had a massive recall. Anyway, I text the guy and he told me they put me on his list. He got my sleep study results and called me laughing. He said, "Not only are you at the top of the list for the next one, but I'm sending your info to this super sleep doctor in CA. Based on your numbers, you should be a 5'6" 350# 65 year old." He also told me that pretty much every D1 athlete he's ever met, had sleep apnea and ended up on a machine. I'd be willing to bet that if you are on this page and have been around for any length of time...you are probably a good candidate.
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The machines are on backorder...worst supply disruption in their history. One of the two major suppliers had a massive recall.
Yes, I've posted about this. Philips Respironics recalled my two machines.....I got right on it the same day and submitted a replacement request as the recalled machines can cause cancer(!). I also got right on getting a replacement through insurance, and since I was quick, I got one after about 4 weeks. Philips didn't even acknowledge my recall replacement request until last week or so (3 months later), and said that getting a replacement could take as long as a year or more.
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I take defensive pistol classes with a guy who owns a medical supply company. The machines are on backorder...worst supply disruption in their history. One of the two major suppliers had a massive recall. Anyway, I text the guy and he told me they put me on his list. He got my sleep study results and called me laughing. He said, "Not only are you at the top of the list for the next one, but I'm sending your info to this super sleep doctor in CA. Based on your numbers, you should be a 5'6" 350# 65 year old." He also told me that pretty much every D1 athlete he's ever met, had sleep apnea and ended up on a machine. I'd be willing to bet that if you are on this page and have been around for any length of time...you are probably a good candidate.
My boss was a D1 athlete and played in the NFL. He said it is very common. The same with combat veterans. Nearly every infantry guy I know who spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan is on a CPAP by the time they retire.
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