Breathing Easier

CPAPSo this happened…

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?

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About Shedrick

I am a professional librarian and a part-time writer that's working to do that the other way around. I currently live in North Texas in the lovely city of Denton (“The Home of Happiness“) with my lovely wife and the obligatory demon-spawn cats. When not writing, gaming, or watching cheezy kung-fu flicks, I can sometimes be found in a pub (or the American equivalent) enjoying a fine brew.
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