I slept last night.
Seriously, I REALLY slept well!
You see, last Thursday I went to my doctor and asked him to set me up for a sleep study… I didn’t really want to do it, but my wife was insistant. The next available appointment with the sleep disorder/pulmonary specialist was MID-MAY! UNLESS I was available right then, because there had been three different cancellations that very morning.
I went and they set me up for this past Wednesday for an initial sleep study… but because of other cancellations, I ended up going for the initial study on Sunday night and the followup study with the settings adjustment on Tuesday night. And a full diagnosis of sleep apnea. Essentially, I stop breathing at night, so my brain wakes me up so that I take a breath… which keeps me alive, but I never get the deep REM sleep that allows you to rest.
And so yesterday, I ended up with a CPAP machine (continuous positive air pressure). My setting is really high (18 out of a possible 20). When I went to bed, I went to sleep. I slept from about 10:30 to about 3:30 and I feel WONDERFUL!!! (I woke up because the humidifier unit wasn’t completely filled when I went to bed and apparently it ran out of water… ’cause I woke at 3:30 with the dryest mouth and dryest throat I’ve ever had… so much so that it hurt. Gay was still asleep and Josh had crawled in between us sometime during the night, so I just got up when I woke up, rather than trying to turn on a light and learn how to refill the water unit).
I can’t tell you how good I feel! I feel alert and have NO headache!! I should have tried sleeping years ago!