Tuesday, February 08, 2011


So did I mention this whole sleep issue? I'm a terrible sleeper. I have a tough time getting to sleep, a worse time staying asleep, and then I wake up early, eventually fall back asleep and then can't get out of bed. It's obnoxious. Plus, when I am asleep, I have these intolerably epic dreams, and I thrash about so much the dog won't sleep with me anymore.

So I had that sleep study last week. They decided I had two things going on: one, I have obstructive sleep apnea, and two, I've got PLMS, or Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep. So I stop breathing and I thrash a lot. So tomorrow night they're doing a CPAP titration. Basically, it's a face mask and a machine that blows air in your face so your airways stay open. Not glamorous. But effective. And I get to wear it every single night for the rest of my damn life, more or less.

I'm a little worried about the whole thing, but I think it'll be fine...and I'm definitely looking forward to sleeping better.


Danielle said...

sounds like something my dad needs, but you know how old Greeks are about getting help for problems.

Anonymous said...

Dnielle's Greek Dad and my Italian husband----

don 't need help. Yeah right!

But hope this medical procedure will help you.

Question: do 'they' know why people get sleep apnea?

Finally don't be worried--you will be fine and when you wake up refreshed and 'raring' to go---it will be great.

Enjoy carol
Oh yeah---more snow today----

Tiny Tyrant said...

Well I skipped the CPAP with surgery, but I'm not sure I would advocate for it since it was pretty horrible recovering but I sleep now and the husband doesn't have to listen to the machine.

But you could look into surgical option for the obstructive sleep apnea. It's a thought. For me it ended up being a tonsillectomy, UPPP, laser reduction of the tongue and another somnoplasty.

Doesn't that sound like fun?