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Fears, Perceptions/Misinformation

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LoyalApricotDogfish1625 +0 points · almost 9 years ago Original Poster

For years my family teases me about snoring so loud they could hear me through the walls and door. For years I wake up to find my poor husband sleeping on the couch because he cannot sleep. He has told me I stop breathing and I have awaken with a gasp and because my own snoring.

I am very sorry, but I have no control over this problem. I want to find a solution. I think my husbands inability to sleep is as much a health concern as my problem. Years ago, a neighbor was diagnosed with sleep apnea. Part of her pallet was cut out. This idea is horrifying to me! Because of my fear, I have not dared see a doctor for my problem. I believe there are other solutions which is why I've joined this study. I believe treatment for sleep apnea has developed since my neighbor was treated with surgery (1999).

I wonder why people fail to be diagnosed and treated. Could it be for the same reason I have failed to address my situation? Thank you for offering this forum.


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DanM +1 point · over 8 years ago Sleep Enthusiast Support Team

Hi @LoyalApricotDogfish1625 (Dolores). Surgery is only one option for patients with sleep apnea, and it is not the most common option. The "gold standard" for sleep apnea treatment is CPAP. CPAP treatment uses positive air pressure delivered through a small mask or nasal pillow that helps keep the airway open during sleep. While there is usually an adjustment period, many patients find it treats their snoring and greatly reduces their level of daytime sleepiness. There are also oral devices and other potential treatments that a sleep physician can review with you should you be diagnosed with sleep apnea. Since we know, from many years of research, that sleep apnea can contribute to other health conditions, I encourage you to make an appointment and discuss your symptoms with your physician. You might find that diagnosis and treatment is much easier than you think, and improving your overall health (and your husband's ability to sleep) is definitely a positive outcome! Best wishes, and keep us posted! -Dan

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