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Baby Sleep Apnea Monitor
4 yr old had sleep study that showed decreased REM sleep &frequent wakings &arousals (7.5 per/hr).She also snores, sleep talks &walks, wets bed.Causes?
Sleep disorder: Although there is an entity called central sleep apnea (central nervous system, brain) the most common cause of a sleep disorder in a 4 year old is hypertrophy (enlargement) of the tonsils and adenoids. Removal of these structures in the upper airway almost always results in a cure of these symptom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more
What could cause erratic HR during sleep study? Fast, w/spikes over 190. Study found poor deep/REM sleep due to moderate OSA. AHI 21; hypopneas only.
Possible, unlilkely: Sleep apnea can be viewed on line by googling it. Note that there is consriction of breathing that compromises the oxygen requirement of the automatic breathing control mechanism in brainstem. It can occur because oxygen is not being used efficiently in brainstem because of lack of thiamine and magnesium in diet. This deficiency is related to sugar intake. ...Read more
Always tired. Fitbit tracker says low sleep efficiency. Videotape confirmed constant tossing during sleep. Should I do a sleep study? Recommended tx?
Consult sleep clinic: Good sleep helps you feel healthy and vital. Sleep apnea (frequent awakenings due to low oxygen levels during sleep) can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, and even obesity! so consult a sleep doctor. If necessary, they will recommend a polysomnographic exam where they monitor your vital signs, movements, oxygen levels, and video your sleep in an overnight sleep lab. ...Read more
Right on the brink: Typically, O2 sats while asleep in a healthy individual should be >90. If yours are typically hitting 90 or below then, I'd say you are right in the crack between barely normal and barely abnormal. I'd think for a 19 year old nonsmoker you could do a bit better than that so it all depends on what else is going on. That number by itself doesn't diagnose OSA but "yes" you could have it. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Home sleep study said moderate sleep apnea w/severe oxygen saturation <70 & in-clinic study said no sleep apnea & perfect oxygen levels. Which right?
My reaction: Advise you to sit down with your doctor and go over both studies in full detail, as one of these is clearly WRONG. Although I would favor a clinic outcome due to presence of skilled personnel, I cannot clarify the outcomes from this perspective. Good luck with this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can using an eye mask ("siesta mask") during sleep negatively affect circadian rhythm and/or healthy sleep?
Completed sleep study and have mild sleep apnea. Oxygen recorded during sleep 86%. Will a CPAP machine help ease my high rate of PVCs (20,000) a day.
CPAP and PVCs: Hi Derrick, there is data that demonstrates that CPAP usage does decrease the number of PVCs, but this was only in patients diagnosed with heart failure. Keep in mind that regular CPAP usage should improve any current symptoms related to sleep apnea such as day time fatigue and will also prevent long term complications such as pulmonary hypertension. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?
? diet: I know this may sound strange but I have treated many cases of sleep apnea with a mixture of thiamine (vitamin b1), magnesium and a well rounded multivitamin. See a nutritionist for doses. But you have to give up all forms of sugar if you want to try this approach. Go to my blog "oxygen the spark of life" that you an google and see the post "sweet and dangerous". ...Read more
Just to be clear: Maybe you don't mean it like this but the statement almost sounds as if you are equating the term APNEA with the act of SNORING.....I won't use the word "unconsciously" only because I don't believe there is such a thing as a CONSCIOUSLY SNORING individual who is at the same time asleep! LOL..Anyways, APNEA does not happen as a guaranteed consequence of snoring. A person who snores MAY have apnea. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Baby: Babies sleep so many hours that the night alone would not be enough. Plus, they require frequent feeding, so they wake up often. And on top, they are slow eaters (they are very smart on this!). So it is ok. Babies sleep only when they feel like. Gradually, they grow up to adjust to a more normal (for adults) pattern. ...Read more
My mother has sleep apnea and falls during the day. Her oxygenation drops at night to 60%. Why would they avoid adding oxygen to her cpap & daytime?
Depends on reason: Does her oxygen drop to 60% when she stops breathing, or does it drop to 60% and stay there even when she is breathing normally during sleep? If the desaturation is because of sleep apnea, adding oxygen would not help as air is not going to the lungs. Opening the airway with CPAP allows normal breathing and oxygen values. If it is sustained desaturation, oxygen is usually added. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Sleep Study terms: Periodic breathing: is a respiratory pattern of young infants during the first few weeks of life and is due to “immaturity.” The Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) is an air flow decrease 70% for at least 10 seconds with persistent respiratory effort. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sleep study: Many sleep problems increase your adrenergic tone and in response body will also increase parasympathetic tone and both of these can cause trouble with your heart rhythm. Also if there is a severe sleep abnormality or due to other medical conditions your oxygen drops during sleep that can affect the heart rhythm ..... So heart monitor signal gives us this information. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more