Had my appointment with my sleep doctor today, wanted to update.
First, she said that the 82 oxygen level was not AVERAGE, but at the LOWEST. So, that makes quite a difference, hah. She said I had "Mild sleep apnea."
She said it is normal for an adult to wake during sleep 3-4 times per hour, but once you hit 5, it becomes abnormal. I was at 9.6 per hour. So she wants me to get a cpap. I've gotta go in this saturday for a sleep study to get fitted for my cpap, then a week after, go back for another appointment so she can order my equipment. She also said there was a good chance my apnea may disappear if I drop all this weight.
So, I have one question for you guys/gals: I plan to use the cpap every night. But I go camping a lot, spend the night out at my girlfriends a lot, etc. The Dr. said I should use it every night or i'm at increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, etc, which we all know. But REALISTICALLY, coming from YOU ALL, is it a big deal if I don't use it from time to time? With the stats I listed above?
She said if I go and sleep out somewhere it's not a big deal if maybe once in a while I don't sleep with it. But seriously, worst case scenario, in yalls opinion, is it that big of a deal, with the stats listed above, if I don't use it from time to time?