While sleeping, my airway becomes obstructed and I stop breathing from time-to-time. (How often? I'm not sure.) As a result, I get less oxygen than I need, and wake frequently in order to begin breathing again. This would explain why I am so damn tired all the time. It would explain a lot of things, actually, though I'm unwilling to assign blame for all my bad habits to apnea until I learn more about my condition.
The symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- loud snoring
- morning headaches
- unrefreshing sleep
- a dry mouth upon awakening
- high blood pressure
- change in personality
- difficulty concentrating
- excessive perspiring during sleep
- reduced libido
- frequent nocturnal urination (nocturia)
- restless sleep
- nocturnal snorting, gasping, choking (may wake self up)
- confusion upon awakening
I know of three people (including Scott) who, upon learning they suffer from sleep apnea, have begun using a C-PAP machine, a device that gently forces additional oxygen into one's lungs during sleep. All of them claim that this machine has changed their lives. "It's as if I'd never actually slept before," they say, "and now, suddenly, I'm completely refreshed. I'm a New Man."
It would be nice to think that sleeping with a C-PAP machine will make me a New Man, too, but I remain skeptical. I'm also worried about the expense. (Though just about any expense would be worth it to be a New Man.) Too, I wonder if I mightn't solve my apnea simply by continuing to lose weight. Who can tell?
I'm scheduled for a second sleep study next weekend, at which time I'll actually be tested with a C-PAP machine. Perhaps I'll emerge the next morning as a New Man.
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