I recently read an article in “Diabetic Living” (Spring 2010) that addresses the topic of sleep apnea. Did you know that in a study of 306 obese people with Type 2 diabetes 86% were diagnosed with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea)? Sleep apnea is a condition in which you stop breathing in your sleep for periods of time (seconds) and that could occur several hundred times during the night. The article presents the fact that a medical doctor in Pennsylvania recommends sleep studies for about sixty percent of his patients with Type 2 diabetes.
I was diagnosed with OSA several years ago and have had a C-PAP machine, however, like one of the case studies in the article said, “I almost threw it away.” They now have bilateral C-PAP machines (called bi-paps) that adjusts the air pressure to increase during inhale and lower during exhale. My wife uses that kind of bi-pap machine and has no troubles falling asleep and staying asleep. I will be returning for another sleep study with C-PAP to help regulate the machine that I have before maybe switching to a bi-pap machine.
If you are woken several times during the night it could be your body fighting for air but it’s not something that you can diagnose yourself. A sleep study is required during which they wire you up with sensors to monitor movements, oxygen levels, breathing and other sleep patterns and disturbances.
Talk to your doctors about sleep apnea if you (or they) haven’t done so.
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