I have sleep apnea and I'm scared to fall asleep!
My ENT said I may have obstructive sleep apnea because I'm overweight, have large tonsils, & blocked sinuses.
My sleep study is scheduled for 5 days from now. In the meantime I'm afraid to sleep!
My blood pressure is excellent and I have no heart problems. I'm so scared I may die in my sleep.
Kristen, I would not be worried if I were you. Look on the bright side: sleep apnea is treatable
I would be very afraid to sleep I my doctor will discover I have cancer. This is untreatable, horrible and deadly!
But patients with sleep apnea who have an effective therapy, are normal people, who can live a quality life like everyone else. They just have to sleep at night with a mask
on their face, with a dental device
, or a special positional pillow for sleep apnea
Hang in there, because things will get better. You did something that many poor people cannot do: scheduled a sleep study. This is an awesome step, the first step to improving your life.
About the cancer...many people discover the disease too late. However, your blood pressure is excellent and your heart has no problems. This means your sleep apnea didn't affect you too much.
And I believe you already know the side effects of sleep apnea
So, Kristen... You should think positively
from here on out. Once you get on your CPAP therapy you will be surprised at how quickly you will return to normal sleep patterns.
Keep in mind though, your sleep may not be perfect but it will be significantly better than what you are going through now. And it's a little unusual trying to sleep with a CPAP mask on your face all night, but the rewards are awesome.
One more thing... You might be interested to know what to ask about your sleep study results
, so please read the article and use the information in your advantage.
Keep us posted on how things are going for you.
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide