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Sleep Apnea, oxygen deprivation & behavior changes?

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Sleep Apnea, oxygen deprivation & behavior changes?

Postby sunshine2777 » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:41 am

My dh has severe sleep apnea and pad. He refuses to use his Cpap and now I'm noticing changes in his thinking and behavior. Has anyone else seen this before? Also, are there any articles that I can show him that will support what I am thinking: that his sleep apnea along w/ the poor circulation has caused some oxygen deprivation in his brain and is affecting his thinking and behavior? I'm desperate and looking for any help I can get!!! Thanks! :cry:
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Postby blebs » Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:32 am

Don't suppose you could mention this to his sleep doctor and have an overnight pulse oximetry test done on him? It sure sounds dead right on to me. Lack of oxygen can cause some really weird behavioral problems.
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Postby jrinker » Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:34 pm

Look at the "Sticky" section, under the topic of "Cardiovascular and Metabolic Effects of OSA". There are lots of informative articles there.

And yes, your dh's sleep apnea is causing oxygen deprivation. That's what apnea does. Simply put, not breathing (apnea) = no air getting into lungs = no oxygen getting to brain. When you have untreated apnea, it is as if someone is standing over your bed all night, putting a pillow over your face and suffocating you for at least ten seconds, several times an hour. It can add up to several hundred "suffocations" over the course of a night! That puts tremendous strain on your lungs, heart, brain, virtually your entire system. And personality changes can be part of that.

Please read the articles and try to convince your dh to use his machine. It's not just a matter of noisy snoring; it is a life threatening condition that needs to be treated.

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Postby Pele » Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:00 pm

Oxygen deprivation is certainly something everyone should worry about, but you might be jumping to the wrong conclusion. Severe sleep deprivation is more likely the cause. Before my sugery to correct my OSA, I was having hallucinations, deep depression, mood swings, anger control issues, migraines, etc. Try sleeping for a month just two hours a night, you'll start feeling mentally unstable, I guarentee it.

You might want to explore alternative solutions if the one he is using now is not working for him. THere are different approaches you can try if one treatment isn't working out for him. You'll both get through it, just keep trying!
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