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.
Pregnancy Tips How to Sleep While Pregnant
Are you pregnanté Lying in bed, and can'tget to sleep. Well, unfortunately that's one of the common side effects of pregnancy, difficultyin sleeping. I'm Jill from Tampa here to tell you how to sleep in pregnancy. Well,does it matter you've been sleeping your whole life. It actually does. Two things, in pregnancyposition makes all of difference. As your belly starts to grow, starting about anywherefrom the fourth to the fifth month, belly's going to pooch out, no more lying on yourbelly. You want to make sure that you're either on your back or on your side. On your backis safe when it's that early. Once you hit about five months to six months, you alwayswant to be on your side, the reason is that
it increases the blood flow to the baby, throughthe placenta. If you're laying flat on your back, that big pregnant uterus is pushingon the blood vessels that bring the blood to the heart. As the hearts trying to pushthe blood out, it's not as good and not as much blood flow goes to the baby. So, alwayssleep on your side after about twenty weeks, that improves baby's circulation and helpsmom, you also won't get dizzy. If you lay flat on your back when you're farther along,you could pass out, same reason as before. Other problems are that your dreams becomevivid. Sleep is hard because you go to bed and nightmares can occur and all of thesevivid dreams start happening. No way to really
prevent that, but try to go to bed at ease.Maybe watch a little T.V, read books, have soothing lavender. All of those things canhelp you get a restful nights sleep. If you're still not sleeping, you want to talk to yourhealth care provider, because then they can help, maybe prescribe some medication, likeeven something as simple as Benadryl. That will help you sleep through the night, andimprove your well being. I'm Jill from Tampa, Florida telling you how to sleep duringpregnancy.