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How long have I had apnea?

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cbeigle +0 points · 13 days ago Original Poster

When I was a child, I was told (diagnosed) with a deviated septum. Now, my question is.....if I had a DS from childhood ie difficulty breathing through my nose, was there always the chance of "sleep apnea" from childhood? Or is apnea something to be concerned with , only since being an adult? Thank you.

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Sierra +0 points · 13 days ago Sleep Enthusiast

I think the relevant question is "do I have it now"? And will I have it treated...

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Brando +0 points · 12 days ago

Not an expert on anything at all, but I've recently discovered that I have fairly moderate strabismus in both eyes (I'm 37, and both eyes have a "resting" position outward, and one quite a bit higher than the other.). According to the doc, I must have had this just about my entire life, but getting older means all your parts start to get more worn and tired, and these days one eye or the other will just wander off if I'm not focusing on something. I'd imagine apnea is similar. Your auto responses while asleep get slower, and your body recovers worse and worse from a few bad nights sleep in a row.

That said, I don't think the septum should have a major impact on whether you have apnea (though it definitely makes sleeping with a CPAP a little trickier). Like Sierra said, get tested if you feel like you're not getting rest while you sleep. It could be apnea.

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sleeptech +0 points · 8 days ago Sleep Commentator

Sleep apnoea can occur at any age, right down to neonates, so you could have had sleep apnoea from childhood. The deviated septum is essentially unrelated.

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