marcsanchez wrote:So now that i'm waiting for my second sleep study to fit me for a cpap, I find that I had an idea for the mean time to help me feel less tired. I f i sleep more I shoud feel better, so I think. I am going to get the cpap, but untill then I figured if I increase the amount of sleep time I should feel better. so the equation I came up with is if i stop breathing about 33 times an hour than per hour I probably only get a 1/2 hour of rest so i would have to double the recomended amount of sleep, while that's difficult maybee this weekend I can just to help a bit untill I get the cpap. any thaughts?
Sleep.........generally is about quality and structure, not quantity.
Sleep apnoea causes a disrupted sleep architecture (in effect the amount of time spent in each stage of sleep). Typically we need to spend 5% of sleep time in Stage N1, 55% in Stage N2 and 20% in Stage N3, with a further 20% in REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep. These percentages change as we get older.
Within overall Sleep Architecture we complete 4/6 sleep cycles (depending on time spent asleep). Within each cycle we spend a small amount of time in each stage of sleep......the progression through the stages is very important.............typically we progress from Stage N1 to N2 to N3, back to N2 and on to REM Sleep. The amount of time spent in REM Sleep lengthens with each cycle. Untreated apnoea causes micro awakenings or disruptions to our sleep architecture......so in effect, approx 33 times per hour your cycle is disrupted; this can be a full blown awakening (where you actually remember wakening up) or a micro awakening whereby your sleep stage is 'pushed back' one stage (eg apnoea event during Stage N3, pushes you back to N2). The most restorative/restful sleep is achieved in Stage N3..............many untreated apnoea sufferers fail to achieve this stage of sleep, or achieve a reduced amount of it.
I hope I haven't confused you
..........BUT, the longer you sleep, the more apnoea events you will have, your sleep will be disrupted and you will NOT achieve any more (relatively speaking) restful sleep.
In simple terms, it goes back to 'quality', and as long as your apnoea is untreated you will not get that quality.
Some sufferers have gained some relief by sleeping in a recliner, with your upper body in a raised position.
Sorry, I can't be of more help.