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olamancini +0 points · about 2 years ago Original Poster

I just got my results back and its not sleep apnea but i still have trouble sleeping. I feel constantly tired all day long and its pretty hard to deal with. So the only thing my test really showed was 188 leg movements which i dont know if that is normal or not. I had 74 arousals, 55 being spontaneous and 17 being from PLM. i also have decreased stage 3 sleep, limb movement index of 20.6/hr and a plm index of 7.2/hr. Is this significant of anything? Could this be why i am so tired all the time?

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SleepDent +0 points · about 2 years ago Sleep Commentator

I am a dentist working in dental sleep medicine. Yes, your results are significant. There is a common misconception that, if you do not formally meet the definition of obstructive sleep apnea, you are O.K.. That is not necessarily true. I am not going into the formal definition of apneas and hypopneas at this time, but many times the interruptions in sleep do not meet the criteria, but still make the person tired. This is called UARS(upper airway resistance syndrome). In addition, the PLMs, in and of themselves, can interrupt your sleep, and tire out your body enough to cause fatigue. UARS can often be treated with oral sleep apnea appliances and by improving nasal patency. CPAP can also be used, but for a condition this mild, the compliance rate is not always particularly good. With successful treatment, the PLMs are often eliminated or greatly reduced without specific treatment. If not, the PLMs can be dealt with by specific medical treatment(medication). Arthur B. Luisi,Jr, D.M.D.. The Naples Center For Dental Sleep Medicine. Practice partner, dental sleep medicine, The NCH Healthcare System. Practice partner, dental sleep medicine, The Millennium Physician Group.

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sleeptech +0 points · about 2 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

Get those leg movements sorted and see how you go. That is certainly enough to make you tired. Like the man said.

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