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Friday, June 30, 2006

Sleep Study

About 2 weeks ago I had a sleep study done to determine if I had sleep apnea. I got the results back at my monthly appointment with Dr. W., and the results were conclusive. I have sleep Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

I have a moderate case -- not severe (thankfully). But what was alarming to him wasthe fact that in my sleep my oxygenation levels go as low as 78%. Overall, I experienced over 200 "events" throughout the night. I also never reach stage 3 or stage 4 -- the really good sleep!

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used to determine once's propensity for falling asleep during daytime activities. A score of 10 or more is considered "sleepy". A score of 18 or more is considered "very sleepy". I scored a 14 -- the study says that I am "Likely to fall asleep during daytime activities." Thank goodness I have yet to do that though.

Dr. W. says that I will feel amazing after I get the C-Pap machine. I just hope my declining short-term memory, fatique and sex-drive, come back into play for me -- all these are symptoms of sleep apnea. I know my family will be happy too when I am feeling better.

Of course the WLS would correct the apnea. The length and width of my neck (short and thick) makes avoiding OSA, nearly impossible.

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