I’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea. According to the sleep study people, I have “hall of fame” level sleep apnea for someone of my body type. So, go me, I guess.
I’ve been a snorer for a while but my wife tells me its been getting worse, that I sometimes hold my breath. I don’t notice because I’m asleep at the time, but she’s a pretty trustworthy witness. But the clencher for me is that while I do sleep, it’s not a restful sleep. I constantly nod off. My morning commute gets a bit treacherous because my eyes want to shut the whole time–even though I’ve gotten 7-8 hours of sleep the night before. When I come home, I immediately lie down and nap.
Now I’ve been sleeping for the past week with a contraption called a CPAP connected to my face. It hasn’t been too bad, though getting the mask adjusted to where it doesn’t rub my nose raw through the night has been a bit of an ordeal. And I think I’m already seeing some improvement. My morning commute doesn’t seem nearly as fraught with peril. I don’t feel like I’m going to nod off any second. I’m still bushed when I get home, but I also get up pretty early in the morning.
We’ll see if I keep getting better. The wonders of modern technology, eh?