Thanks for the input. I recall waking during the home sleep study and finding the belt around my chest slightly loose. I think I had set it up too close to my arm pits. Perhaps that looseness resulted in the system not detecting breathing effort/movement via its strain gauge.
I don’t understand why sleep studies cost what they do. My sleep doctor shared my sentiments which surprised me. Even a home sleep study through our local hospital is $1200. That’s absurd.
So far I’ve had no luck with finding anything truly economical and am thinking I might just have to buy a new one and if it’s not the treatment I need or it doesn’t work out, just sell it, likely for a fraction of what I paid.
Thanks for the input on machines. I’ll keep that in mind.
I do have an appointment with a sleep apnea dentist in two weeks so will be curious to see what he suggests. I think the appliances are between 1-2k from what I’ve read but it seems they would be less frustrating to use than a pap machine. Of course, if you spend the money and it doesn’t solve your problem, then what?!
I checked out the RERA information and it sounds like what might be getting me. As an in lab study will be all out of pocket for me right now ($4500) my doc suggested just trying an APAP for a month. My concern is that I’ve read some comments here indicating that an APAP can make centrals worse, and I had 3 of them per my sleep study. Should I be concerned about this or just assume the doc knows what’s right?
Any suggestions on which machine? Resmed or Phillips?
Thanks. I’ll take a look at that.
It seems I’m an odd case. Insignificant number of occurrences but some of those I do have are severe enough to really impact my sleep. I’ve not found a similar patient while digging around online so far.
No mention of rera in the report. Thanks for commenting.
Not sure if it matters but this was a home study over two nights. My first night I slept terribly. Maybe 2-3 hours and then awake for another 3 or so. They had me keep it and try again which yielded a 5-6 hour sleep window.
I’m a 44 yo male, a masters athlete/swimmer, 24.1 BMI, on 12.5 hctz for bp control (120/70 avg now) and just began taking a low dose of levothyroxine to treat a mildly high tsh (4.1). Back in September I began feeling fatigued, unable to concentrate at work and sometimes feeling a bit loopy or lightheaded. My md asked about my sleep but I was sure I didn’t have a problem there and wanted bloodwork done to check for anemia or vitamin deficiency. Nothing was really abnormal other than vitamin d in the upper 20’s and in December for a routine checkup my tsh had risen again to over 4 which has happened a few times in the past 4-5 years. Finally agreed to a home sleep study. Results as follows:
Hyp index 1.8
Avg sat 95
Lowest desat 90
Lowest sat 82
Min pulse 45
Max pulse 136
I know that I can slide my jaw back and more or less cut off my airway when I’m awake. I’m assuming this occurs when I sleep so I’ve been trying to sleep on my side or stomach. I do wake often at night. Sometimes with no consequence and I fall back asleep quickly. Other times I feel anxious with a heartbeat that isn’t high but feels strong and keeps me awake for hours. I do have an appointment with a sleep doctor but it’s not for another month so I’m looking for some insight. What might I be looking at for treatment? The centrals scare me a bit. Is that fear justified? Are these numbers enough to cause a person to feel fatigued and such? I’ll add that I do have days that are better than others. If I sleep well, most often on weekends, I have pretty good days. I almost thought I was through the woods this past weekend but then Sunday night I lost 2-3 hours of sleep tossing and turning.
Apologies for the long winded first post. Any assistance or advice is greatly appreciated!