Do I have sleep apnea? If so..what should I do?
March 23, 2011 10:32 AM Subscribe
I'm a 27 years old female, I could stand to lose a few pounds, but I am not extremely overweight, and for the past few years have had complaints about my snoring.
posted by Quincy to Health & Fitness (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I know that it's gotten louder over the past several years because in my early 20's I never had any complaints. We are pretty certain that my father has sleep apnea, although he is very stubborn about things like that and has gone undiagnosed. As long as I can remember he has been a very loud snorer, and every once in a while you can hear his breath catch and what feels like minutes later release. Often times he will hold his breath and have a little coughing spasm when he releases it.
At the holidays a year or so ago, when having a family discussion about my father's snoring and mocking the way he sounds, my boyfriend said that that is essentially what I sound like, and that sometimes it scares him because he doesn't think I am breathing. Also a few times over the past few years I'll wake up feeling like I'm choking or gagging on something. Everytime it has really freaked me out. My boyfriend also says that some nights I won' t snore at all. Also I am noticing that with in the past 3 years or so, I am a lot more tired than I used to be. I used to be the one of my friends that could be fully operational on small amounts of sleep and still stay up late the next night. Now even if I have 8+ hours of sleep I could be sleepy when 10pm rolls around. Is this just what happens when you get older?
So I suppose the question is do you think I have sleep apnea? Is this something that I would get genetically? Because most of the things I have read have to do with either being really over weight, or that most people who suffer from sleep apnea are men. If I do have sleep apnea does anyone have suggestions on treatment options? I don't want to have to sleep in separate beds if it gets worse! Does anyone have experience with the surgical options? Do they actually work? I would prefer not to be on a machine while I sleep for the rest of my life. Also, if I go to a sleep clinic, and it happens to be a night when I don't snore (or not as bad at least), are they going to be able to tell anything at all? Or am I going to have to make multiple trips to the sleep clinic? (Meaning multiple payments to the sleep clinic). Any advice on this would be helpful! Thanks!