Don't I look happy?
Up to 70 million of us in this country have a sleep disorder. Meet number 70 million and one-me.
I just don't get the zzzz's I need. It's become so bad that some nights, I'm lucky to get maybe an hour of sleep, which isn't great when you have a 1:30am wake up call Monday through Friday.
My wife is a saint for putting up with me. I'm a walking zombie most days, even when I take an afternoon nap. It's affecting my health, my cognitive skills aren't what they were, I make more mistakes, and I know my fuse is short with the kids at home. It's gotten to the point where I just don't like the person I've become.
After doing some research, I found a local sleep study clinic. They sent me home with a machine to monitor how much I do/don't sleep as well as my oxygen intake level when I do sleep and how many times a night I wake up. And it's that last thing that surprised me the most. Turns out I'm up between 13 and 17 times an hour! Not a night, but an HOUR! After telling my wife, she said "that doesn't surprise me, not with how often I see you up and tossing and turning every night."
Last week I went in for an overnight study. I was hooked up to another machine, slept on my side, my back with noise cancelling headphones (on and off) and then with a CPAP machine on for half the night (which is a mask that is put over my nose and air pumped in to raise oxygen levels). I'm still waiting for the results of that test, and should get it back in a couple of weeks. The staff at the clinic were great. They're total pros.
Maybe, after years of of trying to improve my sleep habits naturally, and with the help of prescription drugs (none of which have worked) this will finally help me get a full night's sleep. I've put off doing this for too long. But now that I'm responsible for a family, it's not about me any longer...it's about my wife and kids. I'll keep you posted on what the results are, and how I progress. I know there are a lot of you who listen to our program, and read my blog who also suffer form some type of sleep disorder. And for every single one of you, please, no matter how long it takes, or what you have to do, don't give up trying to find a solution. There is help out there for you. I'm proof.