Diagnosed with Sleep Apnoea – What Happens Next?

When I had my kidney out, I had a few nights in the high dependency unit.

Drugged up to the eyeballs, I remember the nurses kept waking me up. In the end, I got a bit annoyed and asked them why they wouldn’t just let me sleep? They told me, while I was asleep, I stopped breathing.

The following morning when my consultant came to check on my progress, he suggested I probably had sleep apnoea and he referred me to the sleep clinic.

After a number of tests and a night in the sleep unit, it was established that I had not one but two different types of sleep apnoea. I was diagnosed with central sleep apnoea, obstructive sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement.

The best treatment to help people with sleep apnoea is a CPAP machine. It basically forces air down your throat or up your nose. I’m a mouth breather, so I have to sleep with a full face mask which isn’t very comfortable.

In the coming months, I’ll be writing more about sleep apnoea including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
However, this post is a placeholder so I can add sleep apnoea to the menu.

In the meantime, if you’d like more information about sleep apnoea, I recommend visiting:

NHS Sleep Apnoea Information

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