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.
2 Tips for a More Restful Sleep A Little Bit Better With Keri Glassman
Hey, I'm Keri Glassman here with some quickand simple tips to help you feel just a little bit better. I hope you're not afraid ofthe dark, because it turns out the dark is good for you! You'll sleep better in completedarkness than you do with some light, and the more sleep you get, the better preparedyour body and mind will be to face the day. Not only that, one study found that womenwho sleep in complete darkness are less likely to get breast cancer than women who sleepwith some sort of light in the room, whether it's from the outside or the inside. Researchersbelieve it's related to the increased melatonin your body produces when it's dark. And makesure your bedroom is quiet! Light and noise
are some of sleep's biggest enemies. Evenif they're not fully waking you up, chances are they're still disturbing your beautyrest. If you need to, invest in an eye mask, or a white noise machine, which provides aconstant soothing sound to drown out random noise that might wake you. So remember: You'llsleep deep if it's dark and quiet, which will give you more energy every day and helpyou feel just a little bit better.