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Do I have Obstructive or Central sleep apnea?

March 21st, 2011

Ok so Ill jsut be sleeping and randomly every once in a while ill wake up not breathing. somtimes it happens when im sick and other times it will happen out of the blue.

Given that brief history, the condensed answer is ‘yes’, you could have obstructive or central sleep apnoea. Features which suggest a problem of sleep apnoea include: a history of witnessed episodes of breathing cessation during sleep, loud snoring, unrefreshing sleep, waking episodes with choking/gasping/shortness of breath, and increased sleepiness during the day.

The only way to confidently diagnose sleep apnoea is via a sleep study (polysomnogram)… so if there is a significant concern, then seeing a sleep physician would be the next step.

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  1. Ivan L Says:

    Given that brief history, the condensed answer is ‘yes’, you could have obstructive or central sleep apnoea. Features which suggest a problem of sleep apnoea include: a history of witnessed episodes of breathing cessation during sleep, loud snoring, unrefreshing sleep, waking episodes with choking/gasping/shortness of breath, and increased sleepiness during the day.

    The only way to confidently diagnose sleep apnoea is via a sleep study (polysomnogram)… so if there is a significant concern, then seeing a sleep physician would be the next step.
    References :

  2. Kac Says:

    Yes, it sounds like you have sleep apnea. A couple of signs of apnea are pauses in breathing during sleep, snoring, labored breathing and drowsiness during the daytime. You can video tape or tape record yourself while you sleep so you can see if you have any of these symptoms. However the only real why to diagnosis sleep apnea is to go to a sleep lab and have a sleep study done. Then if you do have sleep apnea you most likely will end up having to get a c-pap machine. Which is a mask you wear while you sleep that gives you oxygen. So instead of going to your Family Physician it would be best to see a ENT (ear, nose, & throat) doctor who are more specialized in sleep apnea.
    References :
    Work at a ENT office.

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