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    Sleep Apnea
    ajey7 posted:
    I want to know if there is a possibility that I have sleep apnea. I have been sleeping a lot lately. I even fall asleep instantly after an hour of waking up. I always take naps that would last no more than two hours but more than one hour. I am really worried. How would I know if i am not breathing in my sleep? I remember waking up one day and my heart was racing. It was as if I was trying to catch my breathe or something.
    Elisa_Rocks responded:
    I was diagnosed with SA about a year ago and I didn't even know I had it. It was one day my friend spent the night and she said why do you hold your breathe at night? She mentioned that I hold my breathe for about 20 seconds then I breathe and gasp for air. So, I went to my doctor still not knowing what was wrong with me. I told her what my friend had said and and right away she sent me to a sleep specialist. And sure enough I had SA.
    Before I was diagnosed I would wake up a few times gasping for air with my heart pounding. Felt like I was choking on my saliva. I also would be tired all the time and wake up with migraines.

    I think it's best if you have someone monitor you when you're asleep. Like a friend.. Or go to your doctor and let them know your symptoms.
    SilentSleeper responded:
    Call 1-800-snoring and they will set you up with a Dr. who can send you home with a sleep testing unit. A Doctor will read the results and tell you if you have it. Medical insurance usually covers it.

    It measures blood pressure, oxygen levels in the brain, and a bunch of other factors. It is likley you have it because 20% of the population does and they are undiagnosed.

    1-800-snoring has sleep specialists who will make sure you get the right treatment whether it is oral surgery, oral appliance therapy, or they'll refer you to a dr. for a CPAP machine.

    1-800-snoring wants you to be aware of the dangers of sleep apnea --
    mom2tired responded:
    I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea 6yrs ago and was diagnosed with narcolepsy 2wks ago. There is no 4sure way 2 tell if u have either without a sleep study. Most of the time with sleep apnea when you stop breathing it doesn't completely awaken you although it can/does at times. It does sound like you may need 2 talk 2 your doc about this and get a sleep study. The sooner it is diagnosed the better prognosis you have. I am a 3rd generation with sleep apnea in my family. Genes play a big role with both narcolepsy and sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea takes approx 10yrs off a persons life but for MOST ppl treatment works wonders 4 them and make a HUGE difference in their lives! TIME IS CRUCIAL! SO DON'T WASTE ANY TIME WITH YOUR SYMPTOMS!
    ajey7 replied to mom2tired's response:
    Thanks. Well, I was just recently diagnosed with mild sleep apnea about two weeks ago. I am about to get all the equipment I need. I have to wear a mask, well the one that goes in the nostroils. I don't understand why I have to do CPAP if it's only mild? Well, I am glad I found out now then later. I know what I need to do to control it. To the gym I go:)

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