A great place to start Disorder information source Rated and Reviewed Sleep Links Entrance to all monitored Sleep Forums Search all of Sleepnet.com
Sleepnet Homepage


Ask the
Sleep Surgeon Question 28

Tips for better sleep
Sleepnet.com's "Ask a Sleep Surgeon" does not provide medical advice, such as that provided through a direct consultation and is not intended to replace it. The responses given are only educational and informative in nature and cannot in any way be used to represent a complete analysis or diagnosis. We cannot make recommendations regarding diagnosis and therapy. Those issues should be addressed directly with your health care practitioner. Use of the "Ask the Sleep Surgeon" Q&A forum indicates your agreement with these terms. Submit a Question


Question 28 - Is it necessary to treat hypopneas ?

From: J.

I had a sleep study done because of some lack of sleep. Here is what they found out: I had mostly no obstructive sleep apneas (average of 0.7 episode/hour), no central sleep apneas (average of 0.5 episode/hour), no mixed sleep apneas but I had an average of 19 episode of hyponeas per hour (hyponea is underbreathing is I understand well).

During the night, my average % of O2 saturation was 96 and I spent 12 minutes below 95% saturation (not all at once, only spikes), but no time below 90%.

So, my question is: Is that all bad? Do I really need CPAP? Of course the sleep clinic peoples want to sell me a machine…..

Thanks,
J.


Answer Provided by Dr. Kasey Li
Dec 17, 2007

The hypopneas cause similar increased respiratory effort just like apneas. The cardiovascular risk remains.

Treatment is still recommended.

Good luck.

KKL




Copyright ©1995-2007 Sleepnet.com., All rights reserved