Hello, I am a 71 year old female recently diagnosed with mild sleep apnea (AHI index 6.4), occurring almost entirely while sleeping on my back. Medicare will not cover a cpap machine unless my oxygen deprivation is 4; mine is 3. I now sleep on my sides and use nose strips for a deviated septum. Still, I am not sleeping well.
In my early 50s, I went on compounded HRT for sleep problems and it worked. Is it possible that HRT would help me again? I feel it may be that insomnia is my problem, not apnea, as long as I sleep on my sides. Yes, I wake up often, but the problem is really that I can't get back to sleep. I was on HRT for a long time during my lifetime and truly loved it. Since I quit taking it, I have aged rapidly; skin, hair, energy and now sleep. I suffered iron-deficiency anemia about 16 months ago due to an allergic reaction to an antibiotic. It took a long time to get my energy back, but with the energy came the "sleep apnea."