I fought. I ignored it. Now I embrace it….. Kind of.
I will say it’s better than the alternative.
You might remember me mentioning how I failed my sleep study in a spectacular way. I was recently diagnosed with sever sleep apnea. They told me I was having more than 45 “episodes” an hour. So with that being said, I was while not looking forward to starting my therapy I was most definitely “happy” to start. While sleep apnea is often made fun of because one of main symptoms is snoring, it is really no joke. So here we are.
I feel like medusa as the tube is at the top of my head. It really is quit a site. I look like bane from Batman as I need a full face mask. It isn’t as comfy as it sounds, but actually I have been sleeping much better. On the plus side it is designed for air to release at tube at top of head and some out of front of mask. Assuming it is for air pressure, but to me I feel like it’s like a built in fan:)
The first morning after sleeping with it, I actually woke up feeling refreshed. It’s been a long time since I woke up feeling that way.
On the top of that I am not feeling so tired all day.
One of the downsides of having a disorder like Hypoparathyroidism is that sometimes we chalk everything up to it and miss other things. It doesn’t help that symptoms are all over the place. Anyway, I chalked up my exessive tiredness to Hypopara and while I’m sure some of it came from it, some of it also was coming from my undiagnosed sleep apnea. So now that it’s diagnosed and being treated….. things have improved this last week.
One cool feature of my Cpap machine is that everyday it downloads to an app how long I slept, how many episodes an hour (under 2) and other things. They do this for a few reasons. Once of them also being that insurance uses it to make sure that you are using the expensive equipment for them to continue to cover. On the plus side, my doctor will also be able to see the data and help determine courses of treatment.
So while this is great for my sleep and my health, it is also really good for my training. Training for a marathon is hard enough. Training for a marathon when you are beyond exhausted it next level. So this is a win win.
I’m glad it is helping you rest. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea a few years back, after I had gained a lot of weight. Once I lost the weight, I asked for another study, and was told that I no longer needed to use the CPAP. Yeah. I had such a hard time keeping it on some nights. Like you, I had the full face mask. It would just aggravate me some nights to the point that I couldn’t sleep. But, it did help me feel more rested when I could keep it on. Lots of people I know say that once you get used to it, you can’t sleep without it. I never got to that point. LOL I hope you get used to it and it continues to help you feel better.