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Sleep Apnea

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are two types of sleep apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea. CPAP is used in when a person has Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This page is devoted to general Sleep Apnea facts - syptoms, risk factors and getting diagnosed. For information on the two specific types visit Obstructive Sleep Apnea or the page Central Sleep Apnea by clicking on the word.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

See the CPAP Wiki page dedicated to these issues here.

Do I have Sleep Apnea? What are the symptoms and risk factors for Sleep Apnea?

Contents of Page 
 o 1 Evaluating Your Sleep - Symptoms
         o 1.1 The Most Important Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
         o 1.2 Possible Risk Factors
               + 1.2.1 More Possible Indicators of Sleep Apnea
         o 1.3 Sleep Apnea Assessment Quizzes
         o 1.4 The Boiled Frog Analogy

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

Who can Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

Sleep doctor, Ear/Nose/Throat doctor, pulmonologist, cardiologist, eye specialist, allergist, surgeon, dentist, other specialist

Who makes the best sleep Doctor?

A CPAPtalk thread discusses this issue here.

Visiting the Sleep Lab

For information on Sleep Study options and advice visit the page devoted to Sleep Studies.
(Click the term 'Sleep Studies' in the proceeding sentence.)

Working with Physicians, Insurance and DMEs

See the page devoted to working with Physicians, Insurace and DMEs here.

Contents of Page 
 o 1 Physician Help
         o 1.1 Getting into a Sleep Specialist/Sleep Lab Quickly
         o 1.2 Suggested Specific CPAP Equipment Rx/Scripts
         o 1.3 Glossary for PSG (Sleep Study) Terms
  o 2 Insurance and DME Help
         o 2.1 Getting the data-capable xPAP machine you need
               + 2.1.1 WRITE, don't call

Treating Sleep Apnea

To learn more about Treating Sleep Apnea, visit the page devoted to CPAP newbies, found on the CPAP Wiki sidebar or here.

The ABCD's of Treating Sleep Apnea

by sleepguide submitted by ozji

Here's a simple way to remember what I wish I had known at the very beginning of my own Sleep Apnea treatment: my ABCD's of Sleep Apnea treatment. The hope is that you will not have to stumble over or run into as many obstacles as I did.

See the full article here.

Contents of Page
 o 1 A is for Attitude
 o 2 B is for Buying
 o 3 C is for Collaboration
 o 4 D is for Documentation

Selecting your CPAP Equipment

For information regarding specific xPAP equipment and choices see the page devoted to CPAP.

Relevant CPAPtalk Posts

Symptom Posts

Is it you or sleep apnea?

Awareness for doctors and patients

What took you so long to seek diagnosis

What led to diagnosis

All ages

Sleep apnea symptoms

More consequences, scroll down for the post from neversleeps

Non-snorers with sleep apnea

Sleep apnea but not tired

Weird symptoms

How long have you had sleep apnea

How SA affects life and health Scroll down for the post by countrygent

Dad refuses to see doctor

Trucker headed to court

Lucky to be treated

See the peer coaching articles at on Sleep Study Tests, Introduction to Sleep Apnea, More Sleep-Related Web Sites, and CPAP Machine Choices.

Sleep Lab Posts

Discussion threads:

Comments from a SleepStrip engineer: Symptoms=