Waking Up To the Concern of Sleep Apnea

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2010-10-30 22:55:47 -0500
Started 2010-05-30 14:34:54 -0500

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.

16 replies

jeffrey9127 2010-10-30 09:12:16 -0500 Report

I have had a BI-PAP machine now for over four years. Was tested with a CPAP, but could not exhale against the force of air needed to treat my apnea. This machine saved my life. I would fall asleep while driving, and not be aware that I had dozed off. I woke up before getting my machine with body and terrible headaches. All of that went away almost immediately. The BI-PAP machine did take about a month to get used to, but well worth it!

grannytess 2010-10-30 08:53:37 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 1997 and sleep apnea 2005 noone ever told me that this was common with diabetes .Now I love my CPAP and can't fathom sleeping without it.Terri

robertjvan 2010-10-30 08:14:32 -0500 Report

I was declared a type II back in 97 had a CPAP just before that; been a snorer my whole life and the CPAP stopped that so I'll keep that for life. 2nd machine now, only took about 2 weeks to adjust to the machine ; now can hardly get to sleep with out it.

tankjacksonswife 2010-10-30 22:55:47 -0500 Report

I was told i had type II diabetes in 79, i have insomnea for 40 years, 10 years ago i was told i had sleep apnea and put on a C-PAP machine. I haue always been a snorer sense i have had a A-PAP my kids say i now snorer like a fraight train.

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James chicagokid 2010-10-30 08:08:43 -0500 Report

I have type 2 Diabetes and ever since I had it I've been diagnosed with a lot of other things wrong from a sleeping disorder to circulation problems in my legs to having a stent put in my coronary artery to Kidney Problems.Many things has changed for me since then I don't recalll the last good nights sleep I have had.You won't believe the things I have to do now because of my Diabetes From having to wear pantyhose to taking injections of insulin in my Stomach(No fun believe me).I'm a 48 year old man and I'll be lucky if I see my next Halloween Birthday!

davidvermont 2010-06-06 20:37:16 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea long before being diagnosed with diabetes. I almost killed myself driving a couple of times and would constantly take caffeine tablets before drives of any length. When I had my sleep test they found I stopped breathing 460 times in one night! I started with a c-pap and also found it hard to use. The bi-pap is far easier and more comfortable. If you are diagnosed, try to insist on one, even though they are more costly to your insurer. Also, a machine that generously humidifies the air is imperative.

petals 2010-05-30 18:03:13 -0500 Report

I jsut had the sleep study done, I don't the results yet. Will find out in the middle of June, my doctor went on vacation and then while on vacation, broke his ankle.

Swbtab03 2010-05-30 17:39:37 -0500 Report

I too have sleep apnea and use a cpap machine, and it does work wonders, I will not go anywhere with out it. But so far I have lost 25 lbs and on a quest to lose 50 more before August 13th, so maybe someday I can get off it, but I will tell you I have not beens sick, or sore throats in over a year due to this thing filters anything you breath in while you are sleeping. I change filter often, and keep it clean, it works well for me.

GabbyPA 2010-05-30 17:10:57 -0500 Report

My problem is the cost of the study. I really need one, as I believe I have had this for many years, but of course didn't do anything about it when I did have insurance, but now that I don't I am wanting to do it. Just goes to show, you have to do things while you have the opportunity.

RAYT721 2010-05-30 17:16:43 -0500 Report

I don't know your area, Gabby, but if you check with United Way Agencies in your area you may be able to find clinics or hospitals that operate on a sliding fee or no cost basis like we have here in the Cleveland area. It's most definitely worth a phone call. Another thought is to contact a local medical school to see if there may be a study program for educational purposes may be able to assist. When I was younger I would go for dental cleanings at my local community college. They were supervised by instructors and the cost was like $2 or something because I had no money and no insurance back then.

GabbyPA 2010-05-30 17:25:17 -0500 Report

I already go to a sliding scale clinic. I never have thought about a medical school or something. We have a big one up in Gainseville that is just 45 minutes away. I will check that out. I know that I have it. My husband has told me, and I remember when I was in my early 20's I woke up frightened struggling to breathe. I was afraid to go back to sleep. I might just try that dental thing too! That beats $45 for a cleaning.

monkeymama 2010-05-30 15:38:51 -0500 Report

GREAT information here! Both my husband and son have a form of sleep apnea. My husband several years ago was on a CPAP machine for obstructive apnea. He lost over 100 lbs. and has not been on a machine in about 3 years now. My son though as Central Apnea, which is just as deadly as this because it is neurologically controlled by his brain. he is on oxygen and a Pulse Ox while sleeping (when he leaves it on). It is scary to watch people you love go through this. Best of wishes to you and maybe I will have my husband see how I am sleeping. It is always better safe than wake up and never be able to turn back time again. Good luck to you with this. :)

RAYT721 2010-05-30 16:00:31 -0500 Report

The study did mention that losing 100 pounds has eliminated the apnea from those obese people. My wife has lost 111 with her gastric surgery endeavors so they may wish to do a sleep study for her to see if there are changes. When she has had surgeries we have always brought her apnea machine from home. It's important to consider sleep apnea when it comes to upcoming surgery as well as perhaps giving some relief to the diabetic bg levels, getting better nights sleep, the effects on the heart and for other considerations and concerns. Thanks for the feedback!!!

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