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A snoring problem led Chris to an overnight sleep study and better sleep
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Chris, sleep apnea patient.

My name is Christopher Fellows. I’m 26 years old, married, and live in Princeton, Minn., where I work as the service center manager in an automotive repair shop.

I had a really bad snoring problem, and I never felt rested. Both my mom and dad were snorers, so I never thought much about it. I was snoring loud enough to wake myself up at night, and I was waking my wife up, too. I was only sleeping two or three hours a night. In the morning I was so tired that the entire day was a struggle.

My family physician, Dr. Jeremy Peterson at Fairview Clinics – Princeton, referred me for a sleep study at the Fairview sleep center located at Fairview Northland Medical Center. At first I was extremely nervous to go sleep in a strange place. I actually got sick to my stomach worrying about it. I made it all the way to the hospital once, and then chickened out. I just went home. I never even got out of the car.

But my sleep problems kept getting worse, and Dr. Peterson encouraged me to reconsider having the sleep study done so we rescheduled it. This time I went through with it. I was expecting to be very uncomfortable, but it turned out to be an easy thing for me to do. The sleep technician gave me all of the information I would ever need. He told me exactly what would happen, and what they were looking for. He eased me into it. I knew exactly what was going to happen, and I almost slept better than I normally do.

I stopped breathing several times during my sleep study. When I came back a day or two later, they set me up with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that keeps my airway open while I sleep. I swear by that now. Using the CPAP, I sleep seven to eight hours a night. I’m using the CPAP four to five times a week, and my wife loves it. Now she’s sleeping better, too. I also had a followup appointment scheduled with Oleg Froymavich, MD, who is a sleep specialist and otolaryngologist.

I work in a customer-oriented job. Now that I’m sleeping better, I’m in a better mood, and I like my job more because I’m not as cranky.

I would tell anybody with a sleep problem, do it – see a doctor, go to a Fairview Sleep Center and have a sleep study done if they recommend it. The doctors and everyone at the sleep center will help you sleep better.

Are you at risk for sleep apnea?
If you have been told that you have a snoring problem, or wake up feeling tired even though you slept for more than seven hours, you may have sleep apnea. Learn more about sleep apnea, or take our sleep apnea online assessment.

If you think you might have sleep apnea, we can help.
At Fairview Sleep Centers, we offer overnight sleep studies to test for a wide range of sleep issues. Qualifying individuals can also conduct a home sleep study to test for sleep apnea.
Treating sleep apnea with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
If your sleep study shows that you have obstructive sleep apnea, a CPAP may be used during the night to improve your sleep and breathing. Using the machine will help keep your airway open so that you can breathe easier and sleep better. Trained and certified sleep technicians at a Fairview sleep center will fit you with the equipment prescribed by your sleep specialist and teach you how to use it.

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