Posted by Brian K (188.8.131.52) on January 28, 2001 at 12:20:58:
In Reply to: Sleep Apnea posted by Joy on January 28, 2001 at 09:48:13:
In addition to what Ueli said, people with sleep apnea don't reach REM sleep, this is why they are so tired all day. I had this disorder and had surgery to remedy the problem. After my sleep study the Drs. reported that my blood/oxygen level dropped to 78.5%, they noted 407 arousals with 342 due to respiratory events. I thought of an instant connection with this and my ch, after all O2 seems to be a contributing factor and I beleived the lack of O2 might be the cause. Unfortunately, as I reported last time it did not help my ch problem. I too was and still am awakened between 1-2am when I am in an episode. But who knows maybe it will work for your husband. If you want details about the surgery let me know and I will email them to you, I don't recommend it unless absolutely necessary, during the sleep study they will probably try to put him on a CPAP machine, sort of a reverse vacuum cleaner that forces air through your nose and into your lungs, this has worked for many people at stopping the apnea (which in itself is a very dangerous condition) Good Luck to you and him. PFDAN.
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