Re: is this a sleeping problem?
I was diagnosed with (extremely) mild sleep apnea. Now a days, the index is called AHI, and my AHI was 6. AHI includes hypopnea and apnea. Apnea is a complete stop of air flow while hypopnea is a reduced air flow or a shallow breathing. So while I had 0 apnea episodes, I have 40 hypopnea episodes, that pushed my AHI to 6. Any AHI under 5 is normal and not considered a sleep obstruction or apnea. So I am completely completely mild. Had I had a hypopnea episode of a couple seconds less, I would have had a normal AHI! I also had about 160 spontaneous sleep arousals that woke me up through out the night, sent my heart into erratic heart beat and also dropped my oxygen levels. Out of all of this, my biggest concern is daytime sleepiness!!!! I couldn't live my life with the sleepiness. It was just unbearable. I couldn't do ANYTHING. I really just HAD to sleep and picked sleeping over anything. So even tho my sleep obstruction was extremely mild, I was suffering the consequences.
So, even though you apnea is mild, it COULD cause your hypertension. But you'll have more clear results after a sleep study.