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Scrotum Modem
Sep 12, 2014

pencilhands posted:

How do you get started on the process of looking into possible sleep apnea? I snore loudly, regularly get sleep paralysis and often wake up gasping for air so I feel like I should maybe look into it

You bring this up to your Primary Care doctor. They should refer you to a sleep specialist. You see them (typically at a hospital) and they schedule you for a sleep study where you spend the night at the hospital and hook you up to determine how many times an hour you stop breathing while you sleep for 10 seconds or more (usually referred to as "events"), along with monitoring heart rate etc.

Based on the results they diagnose you and connect you with the CPAP equipment company they have a deal with and go from there. All forms of insurance seem to cover most of the cost of the equipment and replacement parts, like the tubing, mask and more. I use Medicare and they cover all costs.

Modern CPAP breathing machines make a cellular connection to report usage data back to the company which is then sent to your insurance company for them to determine if you're actually using it and if they'll keep covering the costs for it. They even make apps for smartphones that you can use based on that collected data to monitor your sleeping activity, how many Events per hour you have, if your mask is secure, etc. It's pretty nice.

I'm not obese but have had snoring issues since I was a skinny-rear end child due to my tight nasal cavity. It took until my 30s to really notice the effects of sleep apnea including rapid heart rates when waking up and feeling sleep deprived during the day. During the sleep study I found out I would stop breathing for an extended amount of time (10 seconds or more) 52 times an hour on average. With the CPAP machine it's now usually between 2 and 5 times an hour.

CPAP breathing machines suck but they also allow me to have restful sleep now. So I'm glad I have it. They're a far cheaper solution than surgery on my nasal cavity, at least from the health insurance cost analysis perspective so it makes sense why your healthcare wants you to try using them as the first solution.

Gotta clean your mask and hose but otherwise it's not bad. The machines are quiet - the generate essentially white noise.

Scrotum Modem fucked around with this message at 02:49 on Jun 29, 2023

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Scrotum Modem
Sep 12, 2014

I'll wake up on my stomach with my CPAP mask on all the time. It's workable. The hose is long enough that I've never yanked the CPAP machine off the nightstand from rolling around either. It's not as terrible as it sounds. Wearing a mask with positive air pressure against your nose and/or mouth was definitely uncomfortable the first few nights but as stated, that's just your brain reacting to it because it's an unknown experience. It disappears fast.

Scrotum Modem fucked around with this message at 11:20 on Jun 29, 2023

Scrotum Modem
Sep 12, 2014

Death to Videodrome. Long live the New Flesh.

Scrotum Modem
Sep 12, 2014

Chemistry classes in grade school should be banned. My precious baby is being taught about poisons. {Facebook Group Name}, we must rise up and protest at town hall meetings!

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