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Sleep is not over-rated! Now that I've had my new cpap supplies for a couple of weeks - oh my gosh I feel like I can think again! Not as well as when I was 25, but hey - you can't have everything.
If you experience overwhelming sleepiness and fatigue during the day, I'd recommend an app called SleepAnalyze. A sleep disorder may not be the cause of your issues, but why not find out?
You put your phone next to your bed and it listens to you sleep. It is sound activated and records whether you toss and turn, snore, or talk in your sleep. You can set a delay if you don't fall asleep right away, or watch TV before bed. You can even have it play music for an allotted amount of time before you want it to start recording.
Before my new supplies arrived, I used the app one night. There were well over a thousand "interruptions", mostly snoring and snuffling and some coughing. The sounds .. ugh! Embarrassing. Two nights after starting to sleep with the cpap again, there were 0 "interruptions" during the night and about 400 after I took the mask off at 7:30 in the morning and then slept in for another 2 hours.
Analyzing your sleep is only a first step if you need help. After that you would have to have your doctor send you for a sleep study which can be pretty expensive if you don't have insurance. But if you suffer from some kind of sleep disorder, I truly hope you can have the testing to confirm it - and to treat it.
Sleep is a wonderful thing when you can get it, and I hope you can.
When I moved almost 2 years ago, I stopped using my cpap machine. There wasn't a reason, really, just a new place and new routines. After a year I knew I needed it and started to use it again but I needed a new mask, new tubing, etc. And going back to the lung specialist just to get new supplies was unacceptable to me, it's a racket. Come let me listen to your lungs and sign off on some new
I TOTALLY sleep better this way.
Not using the machine for the last 9 months or so, my ability to concentrate has deteriorated. Multi-tasking is next to impossible and during the weekend all I want to do is sleep. Getting nothing done around my house has become the norm and I am desperate for a long and restful sleep.
Finally I decided to contact the cpap company - they had me on record as a customer (through the lung specialist) and after checking with my insurance said I qualified for all new stuff! Well yeah! I have never gotten new supplies since getting the thing about 3 years ago! And I didn't have to go to the doctor.
I imagine this avenue was available to me all along, and I just didn't know it. But honestly at this point - I'm not looking back at what I didn't do or should have done - I am just thinking about sleeping.
Seriously, I am giddy thinking about it! Like the dying man crawling across the sand in the desert toward the oasis - all he can think about is that water. All I can think about is a good night's sleep.