Update on the road to better health

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The past few weeks have been very hectic. It is back to school time making it extremely busy at work. Living in a student town the & being the manager of a school bus business always makes this a busy time of year but in addition to this I have been going through some more testing preparing for WLS. Although I do not snore & there are no real reasons to suspect sleep apnea the clinic has everyone go for a sleep study test.

I was shocked when I was told I had sleep apnea. I still think it may have been because of the uncomfortable bed that made it impossible for me to change position during the night. My thought is if I can get better sleep with this machine why not.

So for 2 weeks I was on a machine that tested my needs for a CPAP machine. Now I have my own machine & I am trying to get use to it. I find the straps rise up on the side of my face catching my ears & making me uncomfortable. I kind of like having the air going up my nose it is hard to catch my breath for a few seconds but after that I don’t notice it.

I have found some great videos on YouTube explaining all the things I need to know about sleep apnea & the machine & other equipment I use. www.sleepmapper.com has more information about the machine & there is an app I can use to get my readings, set goals & send reports to my doctor. The bonus for me using the CPAP machine is that I have add sinus problems (due to an accident) where my sinuses would bleed during the night & I would wake up all stuffed up. This no longer happens; I know this is due to the humidification of the machine. I have been told that as I use the machine more & more I am going to start feeling the benefits of better sleep & more energy. I can’t wait.

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  • KNH771
    I've never had to use a CPAP, but I have friends who have... They do say it takes some getting used to. Hopefully you will notice better energy soon.
    2692 days ago
    Good sleep is very important for disease prevention emoticon
    2696 days ago
    Better quality of sleep will help with weight loss too!
    Hang in there!
    2696 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14246745
    I am glad that they were able to tell you what was wrong and you are taking the necessary steps to get quality sleep and have better energy. I have several coworkers that have sleep apenea and they tell me their struggles with adjusting to the machine. It takes time.
    2697 days ago
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