I've been meaning to write this article for some time. Several months ago my wife went to a clinic to get herself tested for sleep apnea. While she slept at night, I noticed that several times per hour she would stop breathing. At first, I thought she was just breathing shallow and that I couldn't hear it. But after about a minute or more, she would suddenly gasp for air and then breath normally for a while. So after I told her this, she decided to get the testing done.
She came home with a machine and wore it for two night. Then we went back to the clinic to see the results. She had 16 “sleep episodes” per hour. They told us that 3 to 5 episodes would be normal. Also, her blood oxygen levels fell to 70% while sleeping! They should always be up in the mid to high 90s. We bought the machine right away.
I also took a machine home that day to get some testing. I was even worse than my wife with over 67 episodes per hour and a blood oxygen that fell to 64%! Thankfully our health plans are good and pay for 95% of the machine cost. So I too got a machine.
Prior to owning the machine, I would wake up to go pee about 5 times or more per night. I just thought this was normal a man my age (62 years). But once I started using the machine, I found that I slept completely through the night! I would wake up 8 hours later in the same position!
The monitor also showed that my heart was having palpitations and racing a bit while I sleep. All of this stopped once I started using the sleep apnea machine. I would never be without this machine now. I have never slept so well in my life!
This video shows a bit of what I am talking about.
The machine I use is a “DreamStation” by Phillips.