Studying Sleep

I first heard about my snoring many years ago.

I was in the hospital for my first (and only) episode of DKA.  I had a pretty funny roommate, but boy did he give me a hard time the next morning.

When the nurse came into the room for the first time he told her “watch out for all of the wood chips, this guy’s been sawing logs all night long!”

I didn’t really think too much of it then.

I treat my father, uncle, and cousin to it once a year on our traditional hunting trip.  They don’t complain too much, I guess because it’s only one night a year.

My wife?  Yes, she tells me I snore, but says she is used to it.  Poor thing.

It wasn’t until I started a new job that required overnight travel, with a roommate, for three to five consecutive nights, that I started to worry a bit about it.

Luckily for me the guy who I room with is a pretty good buddy, and he tolerates me quite admirably.  I usually buy him earplugs for the trip, and yes, he does use them.  He tells me that I could shake the paint off the walls and rattle windows for three miles around.

Wowsers.

After the second or third trip, and dealing with some well deserved ribbing, I started thinking that I might have a problem.

I have heard about sleep apnea and CPAP machines, but had never wanted to explore the possibility of being hooked up to another device and dealing with another “thing” (that “thing” being sleep apnea).

But then I started to wonder if I was really getting restful sleep at night?  I’m always tired, I crawl out of bed in the morning feeling like I could use another 10 hours of sleep, and I lean heavily on the crutch that is Diet Coke.

Maybe I’m living life at half speed?  Maybe I would feel much more energetic if I got some good sleep?  Maybe I’m dealing with something that affects many different areas of my life, from physical, to mental, to my diabetes management, and weight control?

So I decided to check into it.

A picture of Scott with all sorts of wires and stickers stuck on his head

“Just sleep naturally…” the guy says after 45 minutes of attaching things to me.   What the hell have I gotten myself into?

Results to come later in the month at a follow up appointment.

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11 thoughts on “Studying Sleep

  1. I LOVE that photo! It looks like you’re ready to star in your very own post-apocalyptic movie. 🙂 I look forward to hearing the results – I follow another blogger closely that had sleep apnea and a breathing machine changed his entire life.

  2. Can’t you just get a nose ring or another tattoo instead of all that crap on your face?!?! LOL
    Dude, HOW the HECK are you supposed to sleep with that stuff on? I would be afraid of snorting one of those wires up my nose when I snore! LOL
    Molly has a point, an “SAT” doll would rock.

  3. Scott,
    I think I should call Vivian and see if she can make you a “sleep apnea test” doll. Yours would give George’s ninja doll a run for it’s money. 🙂
    Keep us posted on what you find out. Good luck!

  4. I used to snore, and after the husband and I got married, I wasn’t sure we’d make it to our first anniversary – he was not a happy camper at all. I don’t know what happened, but I guess I don’t do it now – unless I have a cold or something like that anyway. The only things I can think of are that I lost a little weight – but only like 10 pounds – or he’s just gotten used to it. Anyway, that caused a lot of stress, so I sympathize. You already got a really awesome picture, but I hope you also get some answers so you can put the issue to rest – haha, I crack myself up…

  5. Oh yeah – sleep naturally – because you look so natural & comfortable with all of those wires attached to your face! Thanks for capturing the moment and sharing it with all of us – that was very brave~
    Hang in there Scott – I think that it’s worth finding out if you have Sleep Apnea or not. This is your life after all!
    Keep us posted!
    k2

  6. You look lovely, Scott!! My Dad has sleep apnea. When he took the test they woke him up because they thought he was going into cardiac arrest. His oxygen level was so low. I grew up with a freight train until he got his “machine” when I was in high school. But it saved his life. They told him his heart was running a marathon every night…that’s how much strain was put on his heart.
    I’m glad you’re at least looking into it. Even if it does mean another machine to be hooked up to…you’ll feel much better during the day.

  7. Aren’t sleep studies fun? I don’t sleep well to start with and hooked up to all the machines it was darn near impossible for me. Then add the train. 🙂
    You know there are other options to the cpap depending on what the actual problem is. They can shave down your uvula for one thing! Many of the guys I know that have been on the cpap say they wouldn’t go back – they feel so much more rested and energetic. So, if you do, I hope that it is really helpful to you! Good luck!