My sleep apnea with insomnia is getting worse
I just got my results back for my second sleep apnea study.
According to the results I went from mild/moderate to chronic.
I have 71 obstructions an hour, waking up about 7-8 times in one hour as well. REM sleep cut in half.
I tried CPAP and couldn't ear it and get to sleep and the headaches seemed worse.
I do take imovaine and have for over 4 years. This could contribute to the problem by relaxing my throat muscles. If I don't take them I don't sleep.
Bottom line..going to try CPAP again...and trying to get off the pills. Is this usually a progressive disease? I don's smoke..(15 years), I don't drink, but am about 23 lbs overweight. I was never told what type of sleep apnea I have (obstructive apnea, central apnea).
Any advice would be helpful.
Thanks for sharing your story....Oh my, where do I start!
Is very important to know what type of sleep apnea
you have, or what is the cause of your sleep apnea
. In this way you will understand better which is the better option for treatment and why.
Your sleep doctor and the Durable Medical Equipment Supplier
(DME) should pay more attention to your problems, because you have two sleep disorders: sleep apnea and insomnia.Imovane
does cause irritability, I find. Not sure about depression, but it seems that some patients get that too at times. Bitter taste is a well-known side-effect.
I believe that a lot of these type of sleep meds, including Imovane, are REM sleep suppressants and as such can mess up your sleep architecture.
If you don't believe me, you can check this link
and read the section "Who should NOT take Imovane?"
You should talk to your sleep doctor about this.
Regarding your CPAP therapy
, you've got to make this work. Hang in there with your CPAP. In time it will work out for you. Maybe you have a wrong pressure, so you really need to get a proper titration
done and find out what your correct pressure should be.
Because you also have problems to fall asleep, try hooking up with some ear phones buds and a good iPod with stories. Or if music charms you. No kidding, it works for some patients with insomnia! Anything to keep the cpap on a full night.
Also, don't expect too much from your CPAP so soon! It can take a while for some of the symptoms associated with your apnea to resolve. Unfortunately, because everyone is different there is no such thing as a normal time to relief.
Remember, miracles we can do at once; the impossible takes a little longer!
Good luck with getting your medications sorted out, and with progressing with your therapy.
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide