"I always underscore the importance of considering a sleep study when
snoring is enough of an issue to be a disruption in the home."
A sleep study is an excellent diagnosis for apnea. You will be observed
during your entire sleep cycle and a mask will determine your best oxygen
level. You will probably have two of them before selection of a CPAP is
made. Insurance is almost essential because my costs for each night were
close to $3,000 (one night only) and add to that my CPAP device was $2,000 of
which insurance only paid about $1,200.
There's no way that I though I'd be able to sleep with observation and over
20 wires hooked on to me but I had the best sleeps during the studies that I've
had in years.
I've been wearing a CPAP for about three years and it has literally saved my
life because without one you can stop breathing - a common side effect to apnea.