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My bike just sits in the kitchen day after day. I suffer from sleep apnea so I'm tired all day and I tend to not to sleep normally. I wake up about once an hour. I'm so out of it I can't ride. So guys here's the thought - do I keep that bike or sell it?
 

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Funny you should mention CPAP. I have no health care but my mom gave me her old CPAP machine. I can't get used to the damn thing. Feels like I am drowning. I've been trying to use it for the last 3 years. I never get more than a half hour before the mask comers off cuz I feel like I am drowning...

Guess I will try to ride more and lose weight. If the weight goes away so does the apnea in most cases.
 

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Don't get rid of the bike yet, but I wouldn't recommend riding too hard when you're fatigued. Last time I w as sick and just not feeling it, I went out riding anyway and was crashing in places that never used to give me trouble.

You may want to consider changing your diet or visiting a sleep center www.sleepcenters.org
 

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I thought about visiting a sleep center but without health care or a job it's like being between a rock and a hard place.
 

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Cpap machines need to be set up for the individual using them. The sleep study will tell what pressure, in centimeters of water column, to program the machine to. Also, the fit of the mask is important. Sleep apnea can lead to other problems, It's best to get it taken care of as soon as possible.
 

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I've got apnea as well. Sounds like your case is worse than mine but believe me, I understand the feeling of being a walking zombie. Some days I can hardly function.
Keep the bike. Maybe a good spin in the afternoon will help.

Also, I spoke to an ENT who said 90% of apnia cases are resolved if the patient has their tonsils removed. I don't know if that would be a less expensive route than C-PAP but you may want to look in to that.
 

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If you haven't been to a sleep center how do you know you have apnea? Maybe you just have insomnia or some other issue.

I ride 2- 3 times a week and I have severe sleep apnea when on my back and moderate on my side. (Apnea is generally much worse when sleeping on your back). I'm not overweight either. People of all sizes can have it. Overweight are more likely to though.

I've also have pretty bad insomnia for the past 10 years. I tried using a CPAP machine for several months but gave up on it. I just couldn't sleep with that mask on my face and air blowin up my nose. I'm a VERY light sleeper. I know people who swear by the CPAP machine. but they could sleep with bombs goin off outside.

My regular doctor has put me on Zoloft and it has helped me become a better sleeper. I also sleep strictly on my side and use 2 pillows. This helps. There is also a mouth piece you can get that helps keep the back of your throat open.

Many days while at work I feel like a zombie. There are also weekend days that I don't feel like riding but I do. Exhausting yourself helps.

Don't give up. look into other options. Ask a doctor about the mouthpiece.

Also check out this website:

http://www.apneasupport.org/forum-1.html
 

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If you haven't been to a sleep center how do you know you have apnea?
Because I have been told I completely quit breathing for up to 5 minutes before I awake in a choking fit. Where do I get this mouth piece?
 

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That does sound like apnea. I was told you have to get the mouthpiece from a dentist or an oral surgeon, I can't quite rememeber. I was told about it like 6 months ago. I never went to see about getting one, but i did try the type you use for sports. My doctor said that type won't help though.

it might be something like this: http://www.glidewelldental.com/dentist/services/removables-silent-nite.aspx

I keep seeing and ad on TV for this (maybe worth a try): says it's for snoring but I think snoring is caused by the same condition that causes apnea.

http://www.puresleep.com/home?adsrc=yahoo_1

go to the website link i posted in my ealier post. TONS of info there
http://www.apneasupport.org/forum-20.html
 

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ride at all costs. ride if it hurts. ride if youre tired. ride. ride. lose more weight, sleep better and breathe better.
 

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I'm already part of an apnea forum. Thanks.
 

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I honestly dont even know why people are even believing you. I guess the saying people believe anything you tell them is right. You have posted sooo much BS on the site its pathetic.
 

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how much you want for your bike? :D haha- just kidding. hang in there! hopefully losing weight can help- it of course shouldn't hurt. good luck!
 

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cth978 said:
I honestly dont even know why people are even believing you. I guess the saying people believe anything you tell them is right. You have posted sooo much BS on the site its pathetic.
Word.
 

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cth978 said:
I honestly dont even know why people are even believing you. I guess the saying people believe anything you tell them is right. You have posted sooo much BS on the site its pathetic.
I don't appreciate those words. So I get caught up in trying to defend my thoughts or opinions about mountain bikes and sometimes I'm wrong. We all do. Get over it and leave me alone. I really do have sleep apnea and it is NOTHING to be made fun of. Instead of running your mouth why don't you go ride or type something to help me out...

Some people...

(By the way I'm writing this at 5ish in the morning do to sleep problems...)
 

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that sucks man. my dad has that and it is painful to watch him sometimes walking around at all hours of the night. What kind of bike do you have??
 

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Here are a few free things to try:

Don't sleep on your back - sleep on your side. Get different pillows if you need to.

- not apnea specific, but worth checking out:

Watch your alcohol consumption.

Don't overdo caffeine: coffee, tea, energy drinks, cola.

Go to bed the same time and wake up the same time every day.

Get out for a walk or a ride every morning.
 
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