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Sleep study is very beneficial
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:00 PM

Sleep study is very beneficial

By Tom Melchor

Paulding County Hospital

My name is Tom Melchor and I am a respiratory therapist who was recently diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. The irony of this diagnosis is that I work with the sleep clinic at Paulding County Hospital. At the urging of my wife I finally had a sleep study that demonstrated I have a disordered sleeping pattern.

I am grateful to the many requests from my wife to have the sleep study. She was always telling me that I snored loudly and would hold my breath to the point that she would wake me up so I would take a breath. The sleep study revealed that I was holding my breath so long that my oxygen saturation would go as low as 67%. The normal oxygen range for sleeping is 94% to 98%, so I was basically suffocating myself when I went to sleep.