Re: Loud Snoring/Obstructive ...
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Fri, 14 Apr 1995 09:21:15 PDT
> Good advice to all the snorers out there. Snoring in itself does not
>indicate obstructive sleep apnea, but as you pointed out is one of the
> Most sleep apnea occurs in men with neck size 17 or greater, so weight
>has a lot to do with it. Another reason to stay fit.
> Don E. Robinson M.D.
Thanks for the kind words. According to the head of Premier Diagnostics of
Oxnard, CA, the outfit that conducted my polysomnogram, within limits, a 20
pound loss or gain of weight can necessitate a new sleep study to adjust the
CPAP/Bi-PAP pressure. However, she also states that of some 5,000 patients
she has worked with over the past seven years, not one has ever been able to
discontinue using the CPAP/Bi-PAP.
Thus, I would conclude that while there is a very strong correlation between
obesity and the incidence of the obstructive form of sleep apnea, there are
other factors at work here. Were it otherwise, then people losing weight
would be able to reduce, and ultimately discontinue the use of CPAP/Bi-PAP.
Premier Diagnostics even had one person who lost 120 pounds and was down to
normal weight for his height who only had a 2 cm reduction on his inhalatory
positive air pressure.
Also, some of us have combinational apnea, which includes central apneas,
wherein the body "forgets to breathe". Fortunately, I have this happen only
about 20-25% of the time, and my body resumes breathing when my oxygen
saturation drops to about 84%. One other Scouter on SCOUTS-L has 90-95%
central apneas and only 5-10% obstructive apneas.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Ventura County Council (CA), BSA
National Woodbadge 416, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City