Post # 1
If I wake up in the night while he is sleeping, I notice that he snores and then holds his breath for a disturbingly long time, more than 10 seconds probably, it gets really worrying but right before I think I should wake him up he usually inhales again. I wasn’t sure if this was sleep apnea or not until I looked up some videos. His dad has it and is on a CPAP so it’s probably pretty likely that he has it too. I’ve mentioned the behavior to him a few times, but usually I only think of it while he’s doing it (and asleep) so we never had a huge talk about the implications. Is it dangerous if he isn’t being treated? What should we should do? I want him to be well and it kind of breaks my heart when I see him not breathing.
Post # 3
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Sleep apnea can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life and risk for developing certain diseases, including risk of cardiovascular disease, mood swings, headaches, and daytime fatigue. It sounds like he might have central sleep apnea, which is where the brain actually “forgets” to send the signal to breathe.
If it really is central sleep apnea (as compared to obstructive sleep apnea) it could be a sign of something more serious and he should see a doctor, if not just to order a sleep study.
Post # 4
If he is doing this a lot, then he really needs to be checked on. It can definitely lead to serious issues like RedRoses noted…especially for the health of his heart. If he does have sleep apnea, it puts an extra strain on the heart while he sleeps and eventually can lead to further issues. Has he ever had a sleep study performed? If he is overweight, you can look into him losing a couple of pounds and that may help the situation
Post # 5
I would recommend you get him checked out at a sleep clinic. My dad has it bad and it can be very serious. It is scary to watch him if he falls asleep without the machine because he’s basically gasping for breath. It’s bad enough that once when he forgot a part on vacation and the local drugstore was closed for the evening, the pharmacist went in to work after he was already home to get the part for him because he was concerned about my dad spending a night without it. There have been recent studies, too, that show a potential link between sleep apnea and depression, so I think it can only do good to get him checked out. I hope you don’t mind me asking, but is he overweight? My dad never had it when he was very thin, but he gained a lot of weight due to meds and has had it ever since.
Post # 6
If he goes to his doc they will order a sleep study, and then you won’t have to worry! I think it’s always better to know, than not. Also, try Not to worry its easily treated with cpap.
Post # 7
I definitely recommend him getting checked out ASAP. Better safe than sorry!
Post # 8
He’s not overweight, I don’t know how long exactly this has been going on or how often it happens because we only sleep together every other weekend and I’m not always awake in the middle of the night. I first noticed it last summer. I don’t think he’ll go in to the doctor though unless he lost a limb or something though because he doesn’t have health insurance (although he’ll be getting it in september). Would it make a difference if he waits till then, or should we find a way to pay for it now? Also if it matters he’s pretty young, just 21, and doesn’t have any heart conditions that we know about (he used to have health insurance so he’s been checked out regularly for most of his life, he just lost it last year)
Post # 9
being overweight pertains to obstructive sleep apnea, like another bee said, central sleep apnea occurs in the brain. It will be expensive without insurance, but Your best bet would obviously be to see a doc.