Several times a month I meet a very distraught parent for the first time with the complaint “my child just doesn’t sleep”. They are always accompanied by a child that is conscious and breathing. I reply that their child must be sleeping because if the child wasn’t sleeping at all they would be dead within two weeks.
There are hundreds of CPAP masks available in all shapes and sizes. Patients with sleep apnea frequently ask me which is the best one. If you ask 100 different patients you will probably get dozens of different answers so don’t make a decision based on what other people wear.
The good news is if you think you cannot sleep you are probably wrong. It's not that you can't sleep - it's that you are not sleeping like you want or you are not getting the results from sleep like feeling refreshed that you expect. The reality is if you cannot sleep you die. If you are reading this then that has not happened yet.
Medicine in 2018 is tough. The ultimate decision maker in your care is your insurance company - not me. In fact I have to spend considerable time arguing with insurance companies for testing and treatments that are the standard of care for sleep disorders and lung disorders. One of the common questions I get is from people who present for an assessment for sleep apnea is "If I know I have problems breathing at night why do I have to get a sleep test?". That is a very valid question because the cost of sleep testing will often exceed the cost of treatment. It costs between $700 and $2500 to get a sleep study in a sleep lab depending on...