A Question about Sleep Studies.

If you have had a Sleep Study, was the result “No, you do NOT have sleep apnea?”

No, I have obstructive sleep apnea.

Just had one 2 weeks ago. I do have it.

I did not have it. I didn’t think I did, but it was ruled out as part of the search for the cause of my neurological issues.

Since the OP is asking about personal experiences, let’s move this to IMHO.

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I had a very simple one night at home wearing sensors. Yes, I do have it.

Pretty obvious given that if I have one night where I forget to wear the CPAP, then the next day the dragging ass jet lag feeling is back.

I did not have apnea. Messed around, moving my eyes to simulate REM. Voice came over the speaker, “Mr. Dinsdale, cut that out!” :rolleyes:

I was required to see a sleep apnea specialist before my sleep study in order to get the CPAP covered by insurance.

I told him this when he asked what brought me in to see him. He looked puzzled and said, “oh, you have sleep apnea, I knew it the minute I saw you”.

He was correct.

I was diagnosed, but it was a mild case and I elected not to mess with a CPAP. I found the sleep study itself quite stressful and was tempted to leaved half-way through. I even took a prescription sleep aid, the room was too hot, and she woke me up to tell me not to sleep on my stomach. Hello, that’s how I sleep! I won’t do a study again. I since found another pulmonologist.

I had a take home test. I failed. Just got the machine, so this is going to be interesting…

I had the simple finger monitor (at home) test. They told me I do not have sleep apnea, which was something of a surprise for me since I feel like my ‘quality’ of sleep is really poor.

I was diagnosed with it but refused the CPAP machine. If there’s not another way, I’ll just have to cope.

On the other hand, I sleep the sleep of the just and never particularly feel like I’m dragging ass - as noted upthread - and wonder what all the fuss is about.

I’ve had around a dozen sleep studies, all normal (I was a paid, normal control). I did have an unusually high number of “events” during nocturnal penile tumescence studies (but I was in my twenties).

My “sleep study” was my husband telling me I stopped breathing periodically, or that I snored terribly. I know the studies are quite expensive and our insurance won’t cover it, so I did a little reading online and wound up buying a wedge pillow. Once I got used to sleeping on my back instead of my side, my problems seemed to be solved.

I had a sleep study done a couple of years ago. It was done in their ‘office’ so it was a bit awkward. I got in my pjs and they like…connected a million little electrodes to me, in my hair and everything. Then I had to get comfortable enough to fall asleep. Once I was asleep and they had monitored me for a couple hours, they woke me up and fitted me with a mask and then monitored me with the mask. In the morning, I woke up, was able to shower and get dressed and head for work. Later the results came back as one of the worst cases they’d ever seen. So I have a machine and was told it would make me feel SO much better and I’d have SO much more energy. Yeah, that didn’t happen. I’m just as tired as before, which made me really less likely to use the machine, given how uncomfortable it is. I’d like to say even now, I use as prescribed but that would be a flat out lie lol

I’ve had six.

The first three: no apnea, or insufficient to be treated. Which I knew was bullshit, as I have a reliable witness who could tell them I tend to quit breathing in my sleep.

#4 finally diagnosed enough apnea to treat. #5 was to titrate the CPAP. #6 was a few months later at a different clinic, to verify that the CPAP was working and do a daytime sleep latency test.

You is weird :smiley: Normally side-sleeping is better than back sleeping.

Also, if you do need one, insurance should cover it though it might take some referral shenanigans and pushing.

I may be weird, but I’m sleeping better and spousal unit says I don’t snore any longer, so there’s that. I even have an inflatable wedge for when I sleep away from home (like on a cruise.)

I’ve had one, and I thought it was complete BS.

I tried telling them that I sleep on my stomach, or occasionally side, but with all the wires and junk they hooked up, there wasn’t any way for me to fall asleep as usual, so I was just basically sitting there trying to go to sleep without much luck, until I finally did.

Lo and behold, I snored and was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea as a result. This, despite commentary from my wife that I don’t usually snore if I’m sleeping normally.

AFAIK, finger monitors are not very effective. You might request something better. IIRC, I had to put on a band around my chest and maybe also finger monitors.

For those that don’t want the CPAP machine, there is also a dental appliance. I would get this from a dentist though and not a sleep specialist. My sleep specialist said insurance would cover it, so I made one. Sucked. Didn’t fit well and cost the insurance a fortune.

I’ve read studies that a 5% or so elevation (like a hospital bed) can work for some people.

Or you can do like I am and that is to drop another 15 pounds. I’m down 20, and maybe if I drop 15 more to fighting weight the apnea will go away. (This is because Apnea is caused by a narrow air passage, if you gain weight your passage may get a little smaller as well.)

I don’t like the CPAP machine, but I can sure tell if I didn’t use it the night before. YMMV.

Had one in April.

I have very mild apnea that required no action for a few more years.