Today I went to the hospital for a masterclass in sleep apnea. There were 3 of us in the class which was taken by a very competent senior physiologist and psychologist who specialises in sleep conditions.
In October 2014 my EP wrote to my GP recommending a referral as he told me that latest research showed that the major reason for AF to recur after successful ablation has been shown to be sleep apnea so my GP referred me, I had a sleep study done which resulted in a diagnosis of mild sleep apnea and a recommendation of treatment with CPAP.
So now I have been issued with a machine for 7 days as a trial. The machine also monitors my airways during sleep and holds the info for downloading, I return for a 1:1 session in 7 days when the info is downloaded and I have a 1 consultation. There is phone support for any problems and we were encouraged to phone on a daily basis, even for minor questions. The number given is a direct line to team of physiologists of the clinical measurements department which is part of the cardiology unit.
I am then to be given a 'personalised' kit to keep and use. I then have an appointment with the consultant pulmonologist in 2 months time to assess outcomes.
I am SO impressed with this service and the fantastic support we were given.
Just had a trial run with the equipment as we were told to use it during the day so our bodies get used to it and may be my imagination but I felt much better with the mask on and machine running than not. Hoping I can get to sleep with it on tonight and it improves my general quality of life.
By the way all I did was go back to the GP and ask for a sleep study, she went through a very quick online questionnaire with me to see whether or not I met the criteria, which I did, so referred my in Nov. This was all NHS treatment.
I would strongly recommend to anyone who has difficulty sleeping to go get tested. The physiologist whom I saw runs a private clinic in Exeter called SleepyHead and she specialises in all sleep dysfunctions, not only sleep apnea.
I'll keep you informed as to how I get on with it.
Best wishes CD