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Postby kces1nana » Sat Jul 01, 2006 9:33 pm

Has anyone noticed whether themselves or someone else with severe sleep apnea develop personality changes? My husbands sleep apnea went undiagnosed for years and we've seen him change to a very grumpy and forgetful man.I was told this lack of oxygen to the brain over time causes cellular damage and it may or may not reverse after using the cpap and surgery.
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Postby Linda » Sat Jul 01, 2006 9:47 pm

Well, I know about damage, but so many people describe getting back to normal after starting cpap.
I think it's a temporary thing for most people, severe or not.

I was in the severe category, and I found my grumpiness and forgetfulness disappear with using cpap, and I've heard so many people say they've gotten back to normal. So I wouldn't worry about it. Has he started cpap yet? Will he? He definitely should. Not only is sleep apnea a serious health risk, the cpap therapy can improve quality of life by eliminating most if not all of the symptoms. I urge him to get started.


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Postby kcesnana » Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:47 pm

yes , he has started cpap and it did not work. After seeing an ent specialist , he had surgery for a deviated septum and tonsils etc. removed. Waiting to restart cpap. Hope he will get back to his oldself
thank you for the encouragement
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Postby BARBCCRN » Sun Jul 02, 2006 12:01 am

Since starting on CPAP my coworkers describe me as having a mental/personality makeover. I see it also. I used to be very short tempered(more than my normal Italian hot blood). My husband says I am alot easier to deal with and more approachable. Used to be I had to be awake at least 2 hours before anyone could talk to me;now I'm up before alarm and I can hold a conversation the second I wake up. I love my new life-but there have been some small issues-"every silver lining has a touch of grey."
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Re: personality changes

Postby bdodds » Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:28 am

kcesnana wrote:yes , he has started cpap and it did not work. After seeing an ent specialist , he had surgery for a deviated septum and tonsils etc. removed. Waiting to restart cpap. Hope he will get back to his oldself
thank you for the encouragement


exactly my case - cpap didn't work, had surgery, and blammo, i'm feeling great on well, ok, it's only day 2, but i feel a lot better with the cpap finally working for me.. the study had me at an AHI of 8 on the cpap, and i can totally tell..

my demeanor didn't change much externally, but when i was alone i got increasingly more cynical and curmudgeony.. i don't have the slightest temper, so that was a huge change in my personality.. the increadible optimism getting your life back gives you is pretty good reason to become your old self again.. hold out hope, i'm sure he'll come back..
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Re: personality changes

Postby Alicorn » Sun Jul 02, 2006 9:57 am

kces1nana wrote:Has anyone noticed whether themselves or someone else with severe sleep apnea develop personality changes? My husbands sleep apnea went undiagnosed for years and we've seen him change to a very grumpy and forgetful man.I was told this lack of oxygen to the brain over time causes cellular damage and it may or may not reverse after using the cpap and surgery.


Oh I was always a raging a$h*** before my Bi-PAP. My family says I'm doing better now.

I do notice that I'm not as uptight or as prone to mood-swings as I used to be.

Of course I would defend myself by saying that I felt a lot worse and could be and even BIGGER a** if I wanted to be. I was raised in a Catholic/Military family so having a near iron-grip on my emotions was actually rather helpful to me.

I am feeling much better now though.
Any spelling or grammer errors in this post I hereby blame on my apnea. :-)
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Postby GeoSleep5 » Sun Jul 02, 2006 1:43 pm

If you think about it, anyone who is chronically sleep deprived will experience personality changes. Quite simply, we're irritated, bigtime! lol. At least for me, the whole experience of this condition has been extremely difficult. What a sinister condition it is. Short tempered, confused, inability to concentrate, and then beating myself up about it. It takes one's self confidence away too. And what's the worst thing is that people often make fun of it, accuse you of being lazy etc.
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Postby Guest » Mon Jul 03, 2006 4:51 am

if you are sleepy and tired, then of course your personality is going to be changed.
I know i used to be funny and could always Kidd around with people and you know, just make jokes and stuff.
Now i cant even think of thing to do or say anymore. I barely talk to people because i just don't think of anything to say.

Don't give up hope though because i bet with treatment he'll get better. Just takes time for the body to get better.
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Postby BillA » Tue Jul 04, 2006 12:16 am

I have only been on the Cpap for a week now, first few days were adjustment days (got little real sleep yet those small blocks were REAL smooth cpap sleep) last 4 days have been awesome solid sleep, I wake up and my back is not sore from snoring, I see in the mirror my eyes are clear and white not bloodshot, I am more relaxed already and wife said I am overall in a better mood, and I can see/feel that too.

I have a 5 yr old that can "test" my patience, but I gotta say even I feel it's been easier taking care of her (I am MR Mom btw) than it has in weeks/months past and she even spilled Coke on the rug yesterday and normally I would have flipped, but I jumped up (not as worn out/tired anymore) got the stain kit out and we cleaned it up as I explained to her how we learn from accidents.

So yeah its sorta like I have taken a happy pill just having good sleep each night, i hope it never goes away actually..

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Postby BARBCCRN » Tue Jul 04, 2006 2:25 am

Bill-good for you =D> =D> =D> and good for your daughter to have her "old" daddy back. Keep up with your treatment and great positive attitude.
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Postby cyncyn » Tue Jul 04, 2006 11:36 am

I can say that it has changed my memory. Everyone used to call me when they couldn't remember the details of something, the odd useless trivia question, and now I can barely remember anything. I start watching a brand new never before seen episode of something on TV, and my husband tells me we've already seen it. I would say I am more withdrawn now, because I am so afraid of repeating myself and being laughed at for being so forgetful. I also don't join in on coversations because of transposing words or saying the wrong words and once again being humiliated.

I have been on Bipap since April, and haven't noticed a change in that area.
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Postby mupimohan » Tue Jul 04, 2006 2:26 pm

BillA wrote:I have only been on the Cpap for a week now, first few days were adjustment days (got little real sleep yet those small blocks were REAL smooth cpap sleep) last 4 days have been awesome solid sleep, I wake up and my back is not sore from snoring, I see in the mirror my eyes are clear and white not bloodshot, I am more relaxed already and wife said I am overall in a better mood, and I can see/feel that too.

I have a 5 yr old that can "test" my patience, but I gotta say even I feel it's been easier taking care of her (I am MR Mom btw) than it has in weeks/months past and she even spilled Coke on the rug yesterday and normally I would have flipped, but I jumped up (not as worn out/tired anymore) got the stain kit out and we cleaned it up as I explained to her how we learn from accidents.

So yeah its sorta like I have taken a happy pill just having good sleep each night, i hope it never goes away actually..

Bill :)


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could you please mention what kind of CPAP equipment and mask/nasal pillow you are
using. I will have to start very soon.
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Postby dreamgirl » Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:27 am

cyncyn wrote:I can say that it has changed my memory. Everyone used to call me when they couldn't remember the details of something, the odd useless trivia question, and now I can barely remember anything. I start watching a brand new never before seen episode of something on TV, and my husband tells me we've already seen it. I would say I am more withdrawn now, because I am so afraid of repeating myself and being laughed at for being so forgetful. I also don't join in on coversations because of transposing words or saying the wrong words and once again being humiliated.

I have been on Bipap since April, and haven't noticed a change in that area.


Hmmm......maybe I need to get my DH on that "happy pill". :lol: LOL! He is so grouchy and cranky, and very low on patience, especially with our boys (ages 11-1/2 yrs and 8 yrs.), I sometimes have to intervene when he's being really unfair to them. He's a good man....just doesn't sleep well. I have been trying to get him to go for a sleep study since I had mine. I think it would benefit us all if he did. LOL! :lol: Pray that I can get him to go soon!
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Postby Guest » Wed Jul 05, 2006 5:54 pm

Thanks all for your input,
It has been 3 weeks since his surgery and he still snores alot!!!. His mood is horrible. Up and then down at any moment. His memory is also very bad. He gets mean(in word/tone) and acts childlike in his demeaner much of the time. I am concerned about any permanent problems from the years he was deprived of sleep and oxygen. This has progressively gotten worse over the last few years, till finally the doctors did listen to me a little. What else can I do? Are there other treatments besides the cpap that could help?I am having difficulty in dealing with this changed man. It is hard on our teenagers too.
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Postby kcesnana » Wed Jul 05, 2006 5:56 pm

Anonymous wrote:Thanks all for your input,
It has been 3 weeks since his surgery and he still snores alot!!!. His mood is horrible. Up and then down at any moment. His memory is also very bad. He gets mean(in word/tone) and acts childlike in his demeaner much of the time. I am concerned about any permanent problems from the years he was deprived of sleep and oxygen. This has progressively gotten worse over the last few years, till finally the doctors did listen to me a little. What else can I do? Are there other treatments besides the cpap that could help?I am having difficulty in dealing with this changed man. It is hard on our teenagers too.


Sorry I forgot to identify myself on the post above.
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