Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Sleep Study

Brennen spent the night at 'Hotel Janeway' last night to undergo a planned sleep study. We have been suspecting that he has some sort of obstructive sleep apnea, because his breathing in the nighttime is not ideal. For the past few months, Brennen has been struggling to breathe while he sleeps, and it has been very concerning for Andrew and I. We reposition him many times throughout the night, and have been taking turns sleeping with him to make sure that he continues breathing. It is a constant worry. We saw an ENT, who recommended this sleep study in order to properly diagnose whatever might be going on with him.

There wasn't a lot of sleep happening throughout the study. Brennen wasn't fond of having the nasal prongs in his nose, but they were necessary to monitor his breathing. He couldn't get comfortable on his back, as he is used to sleeping on his belly, but he did manage to doze off for a couple of hours. Hopefully that will be enough for them to get some sort of reading to tell us what exactly is happening with his airway during the night.

We are fortunate that Brennen has been really well, medically, for the past few years. He hasn't had any illnesses or major procedures since his back surgery in 2017. He has been really happy and comfortable and we have had no real concerns until recently, when he started this unusual breathing at night. He is noisy and it sounds like he is snoring, but there are times that he really struggles to get a full breath. He has been tired during the day because he is not getting a good quality of sleep during the night, and this is not normal for him. We are anxious to get him back to a place where he can get a full nights sleep without these disordered breathing events.

Sleep is important for everyone and plays a major role in overall good health and well-being. We all know that we feel better after a full nights sleep, and though sometimes as parents we have to learn to function on broken sleep, it is not the ideal situation. Brennen's little body needs sleep to support healthy brain function and to maintain his physical health. Hopefully we are on track to get him back to his body's optimal condition. We haven't received the results from this sleep study yet, but our fingers are crossed that we will have answers soon.

If you guys have any experience with sleep disorders or sleep apnea, I would love to hear from you!

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