Sometimes, I’ll use my experiences as the resource. 🙂
I did an at-home sleep test a couple weeks ago, and I got my results last Friday. I have severe obstructive sleep apnea, which my sleep specialist also thinks is REM-specific sleep apnea (meaning it gets worse when I hit the REM stage of sleep). She also believes I have delayed sleep phase syndrome.
Combined, I struggle to fall asleep, and when I do fall asleep, my sleep is shitty. When I say I’m tired, I truly mean it. I never wake up feeling refreshed.
I’ve also commented to both my husband and my therapist that I think it’s a miracle I’m still alive. My oxygen saturation levels got down to 83%, called hypoxemia. Fun.
The thing is . . . the number of health issues I have that could be connected to this is obnoxious.
- Pre-diabetic? I consume a lot of sugar just to stay away and have energy.
- Weight: Connected to the lack of sleep and sugar consumption.
- Fatigue: Duh.
- Body aches: From fatigue.
- Anxiety: Probably because my brain isn’t getting enough rest.
- ADHD: Possibly because my brain isn’t getting enough oxygen.
- GERD: Possibly because anxiety has me in constant fight or flight mode, which is because I don’t get enough rest.
That’s not even all of it. And to think . . . doctors always wanted to blame stuff on my weight.
To say I’m looking forward to a change in my sleep quality is an understatement. I’m getting an autopap in a week or so, and I’ll keep y’all updated on that process. I know it takes time to adjust to sleeping with any kind of apnea-assistance machine, but I’m happy to try it for as long as I need. After all . . . it’s not like my sleep could get much worse. (I should be careful what I say.)