That's a great suggestion, and I'll look into it. I'm actually in the U.K. so I'm not sure how/what is covered on my national health service, so something I'll need to look into.
I'm actually slim and healthy, by apneas are most likely caused by a recessed jaw and/or deviated septum. I would describe myself as someone that mostly copes with life/stress, but I have had a few battles with depression/anxiety, mostly circumstantial but I'm beginning to think that OSA might be behind (or at least exacerbating) a lot of difficulties. I feel like compared to the average Joe I've had to have a strict lifestyle to stay on top of things. For example, I rarely drink because I feel awful the next day, even after a couple. I exercise and eat a clean diet.
I've looked over all the data, and I can see that my AHI has been determined by time in bed (8.5 hours) but I know I slept far less than this. With this in mind, I'll book an appointment with my G.P. tomorrow.
Thanks everyone for all the useful information, It's been amazing as I can see how underestimated my AHI is. This makes sense because even though it showed very mild OSA, it didn't feel mild. Today I literally couldn't stay awake on a 90 minute bus no matter what I did!
Thank you, I'll have a good read over this stuff.
Okay, after looking over the report again (It's been a few weeks) I actually had 0.3 central apneas per hour, 0.5 obstructive apneas, 0.2 mixed apneas and 6.3 hypopneas per hour. Totalling 7.3 per hour (AHI). Although as mentioned in my post above, I didn't have a very good nights sleep at all, which may have thrown these averages off if they don't actually measure when you're sleeping.
Oh, this is very interesting! I actually remember sleeping very little the night I did my study. I was slightly surprised that I slept enough for them to draw any conclusions. So, am I right in thinking that this average isn't taking into account how much time I was actually asleep, so my AHI could actually be significantly higher?
Thanks! I will look into that. I was emailed some fairly details graphs and a few pages of information as well as a summary so I may have that, but I'll double check to be sure.
Thanks for the detailed reply! Yes, the study did measure for snoring and I was snoring for something like 80% of the night, so really high. Can that have an effect on the quality of sleep as well as the apneas? I'm not too sure what RERA events are to be honest. I'll have a look into that and see if they showed up on the test. I'm not really against the idea of a mask/Cpap, I imagine it's something I could adjust to. I guess I'm just trying to figure out if an AHI of 8 is worth trying to treat. At first, I was a little dismissive as the notes of my study did describe it as very mild. However, when I have a day when I can't stay awake in a car or watching TV, it makes me wonder how much this is permeating into my overall quality of life, and if treated, would I feel better.
New to the forum and have been enjoying reading some of the opinions and threads on here. I recently did a home test for sleep apnea (using a Philips machine and can't remember the model exactly) and it came up positive for OSA. It showed I had mild OSA with an AHI of 8 with no central apneas. I now need to take these results to my GP to get referred to a sleep clinic etc. With an already low AHI, can I expect much quality of life improvements from getting this treated? My daytime sleepiness isn't too bad, but I do find it almost impossible to stay awake in moving cars etc and do have periods of low mood, which may well be related.
Any opinions much appreciated.