Friday, August 10, 2007
Way Nicer Than Motel 6
I spent a night away from Lovey Wife last night.
It seems that I snore; at least that's what she claims, though I deny it.
But, since she's not a liar in other areas of life, I finally mentioned my snoring and that no matter how much I sleep, I am never rested to my doctor.
Result? I stayed in a sleep center last night, hooked up to about 30 electrodes very similar in nature to the ones I use at work to troubleshoot and repair circuit cards that are giving us attitude.
I watched a nifty video on the scourge that is sleep apnea.
I sat there thinking, "I seriously think I'm just a snorer, and don't have apnea."
I'm hooked up, laying down, and finally, after the poor guy having to use about 10 meters of tape on me to hold things down, the lights go off, and I immediately start to drift off.
I'm nervous too, despite the sleepiness, and spend a few minutes picturing myself sitting on the beach in a comfy chair and I lay there slowly taking long deep breaths.
I calm down quickly and drift off to sleep.
Next thing I know, the lights are on, the guy's leaning over me with a worried look on his face and shaking me awake.
"Mr. Masters, I'm gonna have to hook you up to the CPAP machine. You are having a terrible time trying to breathe, but I had to let you sleep like that for a full 2 and a half hours by insurance rules. I'm sorry to have let you go through that."
And I'm just amazed, "No problem. I didn't know any better, I was asleep the whole time."
So he fitted me with an over the nose mask and briefly went over the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine's operation and I got tucked back in.
I lay there in the dark for a few minutes, getting the hang of breathing with the mask and machine's help and start to drift off again.
Next thing I know, he's waking me up again, telling me it's 6am and that the test is over.
As he unhooks me from the electodes and CPAP machine, he says that I took to using it much faster and easier than most people. I told him that I am a nose breather anyway, so laying there breathing with the help of the machine was almost natural and that I actually thought that it was pleasant. It made breathing easier, which seemed amazing to me.
He went on to give me a few tips on using and cleaning and how to operate the machine when I get mine, right after he'd told me that he wasn't allowed to tell me anything about what their readings on me during the night showed.
But he acted as if me getting a CPAP machine to sleep with was a done deal, so I think they have electonic as well as video proof that I do indeed have sleep apnea.
The only problem is, it will probably be a bit before the results get to the sleep Dr. Then a little longer to get the machine.
Now that I know I'll probably be having to use one from now on, I want the machine NOW.
I'm ready to get the show on the road, ya know?
But the room was really nice, and as someone who has stayed in numerous cheap hotels over the years, it was pretty much a 3 star room in my book.
Way better than the average Motel 6 room, though this place wouldn't have allowed a dog like Motel 6 does.
And as I filled out the post-test paperwork, I realized that though I was still tired enough to sleep more, I felt pretty rested and very alert.
I'm not getting my hopes up too much, but I would love to have this thing help me get better rest. I'm tired of living my days in zombie mode.
The next hurdle is to start going to the gym with Lovely Wife regularly.