I’ll have to look into that because I’m told by wife that at times I snore like a bear [/quote]
If you snore loudly – and have extra muscle – I will bet money you have apnea.
I am not remotely fat – more than bordering on too thin — and just having neck and chest muscle was enough to give me apnea.
Allegedly, if you really, really stretch out your chest/neck regularly and work on mobility, this helps a lot, but it never gave me much relief.
The machines have really advanced such that there are just little plugs in the noise for most people and don’t make any noise at all. I like it so much, I bought an extra one just for my TV chair. I get a really deep sleep with it. [/quote]
Would you mind sharing the model you purchased?[/quote]
ResMed — with nasal pillows and heated tube/water. I’ll get the exact model when I go home. On a horizontal well today/tonight/tomorrow in NoTrees, Texas (seriously), so “sleeping” in a chair in a trailer.
easybreath.com — I didn’t want to screw with getting a sleep study, so I had an “internet consultation” for $50 to get the script. Used to be, there was all this “setting your pressure” business but the newer ones will detect the pressure you need and adjust accordingly, making the sleep study pretty much a waste of time. Not covered by insurance if you go this route, but I could give a shit.
As Orion noted, you can also just test your blood O2 level and see if it drops periodically through the night. Apple sells an O2 monitor for iphones (just clips on your finger) that will test you continuously through the night and give you a handy report on your phone of how your night went.