I just got back from my second sleep study, and it was an awful experience. I tried to go into it thinking positive thoughts. They tried a mask on me and I sat for 5 minutes with it. I immediately didn't like it but thought I'd go ahead and try. I don't know how long I was asleep before I woke up feeling like I was having a panic attack. I felt like I was suffocating, not because there wasn't enough air, but because there was too much. I hyperventilated and even started to cry a bit. The nurse came in several times to readjust because it was leaking. I could not get comfortable at all and the strap on the back of my head was pulled so tight, it was very painful to my neck & shoulder muscles. I slept even worse than I did for my first sleep study.
I did get the results from my first sleep study. I had 2 obstructive apneas, 8 central apneas and 188 hypopneas. Because of the hypopneas, my score was 31. I'm so disappointed to hear this. So, I'm a shallow breather. I really wish they'd stop pushing this. There is no way I can use that at home. I guess I'm going to have to talk to my doctor and see if we can just wait on it because with it, I'm not getting any sleep. I would think shallow breathing during sleep is better than no sleep at all.