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Why do I hold my breath when I sleep?

March 30th, 2013

I know many will say "sleep apnea" and maybe it is a type of sleep anea, but if it is, its not the "obstructive" type. I don’t snore. Its not like tissue is blocking my airway. Its more like I take a deep breath and then just hold it for a while. I do this over and over. I can remember doing it in my sleep right after I wake. I think it may be due to some type of anxiety. I’m afraid this is going to kill brain cells.

There are two main types of sleep apnea, OSA and CSA, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea. Central sleep apnea basically means your brain is not sending all the signals telling your lungs to breath. During my sleep studies, I’ve and a couple of CSA’s along with a slew of OSA’s. You can have OSA’s without snoring, your tongue can slide back, your throat can relax in such a way as to block the airway. It holds true that if you have very loud snoring, you probably have sleep apnea, the reverse is not true, not snoring doesn’t mean you don’t have sleep apnea. A sleep study is the only way to know.

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Waking from Oblivion – Sleep Apnea

March 30th, 2013


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ADVANCEweb – Continuing Education for Nurses

March 27th, 2013


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RT @DrDanSindelar: “The possibility for pts. w/ sleep apnea to develop malignant cerebroma is 1.47x higher than that of those without.” …

March 21st, 2013

RT @DrDanSindelar: “The possibility for pts. w/ sleep apnea to develop malignant cerebroma is 1.47x higher than that of those without.” … – by Bluesleep (BlueSleep)

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Is it normal to get pulsing headaches and sleepiness during the day while using a cpap?

March 15th, 2013

I’m 14 and my dad is forcing me to use this cpap machine for people who have sleep apnea, which according to my doctor I don’t have, and he thinks it’ll give me more the full amount of oxygen that apparently I’m not getting according to him. About a year ago I did a sleep study in the eighth grade to find out if I had trouble breathing at night or if I was able to fall into deep sleep. The test results showed that my oxygen levels were fine and that I could sleep properly for most of the night, but that I only deeply slept for like 5 or 6 hours. Then of course my dad automatically assumed there was something terribly wrong or they didn’t test my oxygen correctly or something so he took the small evidence of not being able to sleep deeply the whole night and used it as his reasoning to force the cpap onto me. However, I know why I didn’t sleep deeply the whole night and I told my mom this because she’s a bit more logical than my dad and thank God she is, but she really can’t reason with my dad anymore than I can most of the time. What happened was that as I climbed into the bed I made the terrible mistake of accepting some apple juice because my mom told them I was a bit thirsty and then not using the bathroom afterwards, but that’s probably not the worst decision between this one and my next horrible one. After that I thought I would be good to go so I regretfully declined their offer of an extra blanket to keep me warm because at the time I didn’t know how dreadfully cold it would soon become during the night. I ended up not falling asleep until what I think was two hours I had to wait through and I had to use the bathroom so badly before I pissed my pants, but I knew it was too late to get out of that icy cold bed and so I tried so hard for such a long time to hold it in long enough for my body to fall asleep and I honestly don’t remember sleeping like at all that night because I think I woke up quite a few times with the strongest urge to prevent a urinary tract infection and just let it out. When I woke up and got unhooked from everything I ran out of that bed and dived for the nearest toilet ’cause I was about to explode. Ok I know it’s pretty disgusting, but I’m almost done so just bear with me. As I did my thing it was both a feeling of relief and extreme pain because I could feel my bowels slowly retract from their swollen state of torture. So yeah I’m done with my embarrassing story of how I almost pissed myself because I was too confident it wouldn’t get much colder. After all that I told my mom and then told my dad when I got home, but he didn’t really seem to listen to me that much as usual and just did what he usually does by trying to find a way in defending his idea that I have a bunch of health problems by just going with the data that showed I didn’t sleep as much as I should have even though it was because it was like a freezer there and I needed to take a piss the whole night… So then like a year later after all that my dad still found a way to make me use a cpap even though the doctor didn’t think it was necessary to prescribe one to me ’cause I also told her my story kind of and she said that I probably would have slept better and that I should’ve taken the extra blanket. Anyways my dad got me an un-prescribed cpap that’s now giving me headaches and made made me really sleepy at school today. I actually have a bit of a headache coming on now so I’ll try and wrap it up. Is this normal for the first few days of using a cpap? Oh and btw I find it extremely hard to breath out when I’m using it, but apparently there’s no way to adjust the flow and I feel like I’m not fully breathing out the co2 at all 🙁 Please help me if you can and thanks for taking the time to actually read and/or answer my question. I really appreciate it ’cause these headaches give me hell and my dad doesn’t listen..

Today’s CPAP machine is adjustable only by your doctor or machine suppliers. it is a programmable chip. the pressure level is prescribed by your doctor.

CPAP machine tries to keep the breathing passage free of blockage during sleep since most of the sleep apnea patients’ fatty tongues fall back into their throat and block the breathing passage.

according to your description, it appears you do not have sleep apnea, then you do not need a CPAP machine. your headache likely was caused by the use of the machine. the machine made you hard to breathe and you did not sleep well that night. i think you should be fine if you stop using the machine.

it is hard to believe a 14 year old boy has obstructive sleep apnea. however if you were diagnosed with central sleep apnea. then you will need the machine. if you do not feel comfortable with the CPAP machine, try a biPAP machine. but it shall be prescribed by a doctor. it is expensive and insurance shall cover the cost.

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Sleep Apnea Syndrome

March 12th, 2013

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March 6th, 2013

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Lifelong Learning, LLC. – Clinical Anesthesia Podcast

March 3rd, 2013


Lifelong Learning, LLC. – Clinical Anesthesia Podcast
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