Living With and Managing Sleep Apnea
JIM: I had this problem throughout my life. Driving was always a problem, and I tried to make sure that no place I ever had to go was very far away because I knew I'd fall asleep. Carol Lynn was complaining about snoring and, more specifically, snoring and then long periods of nothing,
and then a gasp when I would, you know, start breathing again. Obviously, I wanted to enjoy my life with my children more than I felt that I was enjoying it. It's Saturday morning, and the kids are at your bed ready to do something, and I'm just like, quot;I gotta sleep, guys. I'm sorry. I can't play with you. I can't do this.quot; And I look back and I'm like, quot;This just can't be right.quot;
I had been talking to my about possibly having depression symptoms. I remember the other thing that I said to the when I went was that I no longer had any dreams. If you're not getting into REM sleep, you have no dreams. And so she's the one who then said, quot;Okay, we're gonna send you for a sleep study.quot; I spent the night there.
The amount of times that I was technically waking, and as low as my blood oxygen levels were, it was extreme. I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. Surgery, as it turned out, really wasn't a good option for me. The next step was that my did prescribe a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.
The idea is they have to get the air pressure to your nose or your mouth or both in order to keep your airway open while you sleep. Because it wasn't comfortable for me to use, I was not using it as well as I should have been, in some cases not at all for weeks at a time. And things got worse, other symptoms appeared. I felt confused and out of it and just not right.
And I realized that I really needed to figure out a way to learn to live with this contraption. Now I'm at the point where I am consistently using it and have been for a long period of time. I definitely feel better. I'm looking forward to feeling better yet. Certainly, I have more energy to do activities with the children than I did before, and we do more.
Top 10 Bizarre Sleep Disorders TopTenzNet
Top 10 Bizarre Sleep Disorders 10. Sleep Bruxism More commonly known as teeth grinding, sleepbruxism is when someone, while sleeping, is known to clench or grind their teeth together.Many say that it is caused by stress, tension, anxiety, suppressed anger, or something assimple as a misalignment of the teeth. Simple treatments are given to correct the problemgenerally, such as a mouth guard or therapy. Though the condition doesn't seem very serious,in many cases sleep bruxism can become an issue. If the bruxism carries on for too long,it can lead to jaw disorders, damaged teeth,
headaches, and other problems. 9. Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is a very serious condition thatis marked by the stopping and starting of breathing during the night. It is said thatthe condition elevates the risk for a stroke. s say that loud snoring or waking upfeeling tired even after a long nights rest may be indicators of sleep apnea. There aretwo main types of sleep apnea: obstructive, which is when the throat muscles relax andthe airways narrow or close, and central sleep apnea, which is when the brain fails to sendmessages to the breathing muscles. Sleep apnea
can be due to excess weight, high blood pressure,smoking, or a history of the disorder. 8. Somnambulism Better known as sleepwalking, somnambulismis said to be a pretty harmless condition that many people grow out of over time. However,it can be serious in some cases, as those who sleepwalk generally do daily tasks, soa sleepwalker could easily get into a car and drive. It is said that 15% of childrenbetween the ages of 812 experience sleepwalking. Many times the person who sleepwalks willnot remember it, but may wake up with glassy eyes or speaking clumsily. Sleep walking itusually caused by an underlying problem, such
as seizures, sleep apnea, PTSD, or arrhythmias,and is therefore not treated. Instead the cause of sleep walking becomes the main focus. 7. Narcolepsy We've all been tired during the day at somepoint in time, but people with narcolepsy are generally extremely tired during the dayand will often experience sudden sleep spells. Narcoleptics can be extremely serious, butthere is still no known cure. One out of every 2,000 people is said to have narcolepsy. Plentyof treatments exist, but none fully get rid of the condition. s believe that brainchemicals, notably hypocretin, play a large
role in narcolepsy. Generally these cellsare excessively damaged, which causes disruptions to sleep patterns, as hypocretin is knownto regulate the REM sleep cycle as well as staying awake. However, no one knows why thesecells are damaged, and how they become damaged. 6. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is classifiedby a strong and urgent need to move the legs. The urge is said to be extremely hard to resist,as there are often uneasy feelings felt inside of the legs. Some say it's a prickling sensationwhile others say it's more of a tingling feeling. In any case, the sensations can bepainful, which makes sitting or lying down
hard for those with RLS. RLS is a sleep disorderbecause the condition is said to be its worse at night and then eases off in the morningand it causes disruptions to normal sleep patterns. It is said that 5%10% of peoplein the U.S. and Northern Europe will experience RLS. 5. Hypersomnia Hypersomnia is a very rare sleep disorderthat is said to only affect 200 people in the world today. The disorder is made up ofperiods of severe sleepiness. These periods of sleep can last for up to 18 hours a dayand can go on for days and even weeks. It