Friday, October 14, 2016

Sleep Apnea

Who would have thought that I have to get a Cpap!  I received a 'At home sleep study test kit".
A home sleep test (HST) is a sleep study tool that is used for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. Most HST devices are portable – about the size of a telephone handset.
They usually measure the following biologic parameters:
Nasal and Oral Airflow – by thin wire that is taped by the nose and mouth – some sensors look like an oxygen cannula.
Respiratory Effort – by elastic belt bands that are placed across the chest and abdomen.
Oxymeter Finger Probe – a small clip-like device that attaches to the finger tip and emits a red light that assists in the evaluation of oxygen levels in the blood while sleeping.
Let me tell you, with this thing on you, you really don't get the best sleep.  Anyway, it did turn out that I have sleep apnea and was told that I have to do an overnight sleep study with the Cpap.
I had to drive to the Deborah Sleep Center.  The room I stayed in was like a hotel room with walk-in closet and it's own bathroom with shower.
Once I was in my PJs the technician came a put all kinds of wires on my head, face, and even the legs.  The where attached to the wall and this way he could monitor from his office how everything went.  In Bed, I also had to wear the Cpap mask.  That wasn't really too bad, but the mattress and the pillows where horrible!  Needless to say, I really didn't get more than about 5 hours sleep with a bathroom trip in between.  For that I had to call the technician to 'un-hook' me.
Around 5:28am I woke up on my own and not even 2 seconds later, the technician came in and said: "I saw that you are awake."  With that he took off all my wires, I got dressed and left.  I was home while it was still dark outside, around 6:30am.
Oh, in case anyone is wondering.....no breakfast, not even coffee.  Needless to say that I stopped at the next WaWa right after I left Deborah.


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