Sleep apnea - which sleep study to take?
Last edited by KG; 08-08-2016 at 11:08 AM.
I am curious, you state you've had small improvements. What seems to have helped? You listed a lot of supplements in the last thread and I wonder if you have determined which, if any, have made a difference for you. 5-HTP stands out for me, I wonder if you are experiencing less depression and have tried changing the dose or considered an alternate supplement (I just switched to L-Tryptophan and it's working much better for me, St. Johns Wort and SAM-e are other options).
I most likely have sleep apnea, but have never been formerly diagnosed (confirmed with a sleep study, because they are expensive). My doctor said it was highly likely I have sleep apnea, despite being a low/normal weight for my height all my life, because I very occasionally wake up to catch my breath when sleeping on my back, and am somewhat congested all year round (mold allergies are likely the culprit there).
I am also curious how your clarity of breathing (congestion) is now.
I don't have the $$ for a sleep study, unless it's free. I haven't had any incidences of waking up gasping since I dropped grains, despite still being congested from environmental allergies (had a skin test recently, allergic to most pollen, mold, and grass). I'm having a mild improvement on that with raw local honey, though that takes time to really help.
Might be worth seeing an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist about congestion. Some people get nasal surgery and their congestion is cured. Who knows! The allergist I saw said some people find a cure through this route (for persistent sinusitis).
Blood can be tested for inflammation markers, that may be worth looking into, but there is probably more information elsewhere on the forum about that (I don't really know anything about it).
That's all I've got, really. Might want to mention if/how your exercise routine has changed at all, and if you are eating carbs (as a thin person who is exercising, you definitely should!).
I saw the other day that there is now an alternative to CPAP for sleep apnea.
Dentist are fitting oral appliances for some forms of snoring and mild sleep apnea.
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