I’ve been sleeping all night long. That’s an amazing statement, actually (despite the current US economic worries). You see, I have sleep disturbances. Not apnea (although the sleep test I took did indicate occasional apnea, 8 episodes in 7 hours of sleep), buy hypopnea, or shallow breathing during sleep. At one point my oxygen saturation fell to 82% (normal is considered mostly anything above about 96%). I occasionally snore as well.
I now have a CPAP machine next to my bed, set at 11 centimeters (air pressure). The first couple of nights were very interesting, I’d wake every couple of hours (as usual) and adjust the mask, or scratch my nose, and have to put the machine back on the low pressure ramp up (ramps from 4 cm to 11 cm over 30 minutes), roll over and go back to sleep. Wednesday night was the first night that I can remember in a very long time that I essentially slept all night long. I think I woke up once around 2 AM to readjust the mask, then went right back to sleep.
I’ve had my machine for just under one week, and I have to tell you that I feel so much better: well rested and mentally alert. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next month!
If you have problems sleeping at night, I strongly recommend that you check in with your local Ear Nose and Throat Clinic and ask them for a sleep study to see if you have a problem with sleep disturbances. It just might change your life for the better!