I'll Try Anything For A Good Night's Sleep (Don't Mock The Mask)

I've told you before, 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.

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."

So now I'm in a "beta testing mode" for a sleep apnea machine. I'm using it for a few weeks to see if I can get a better night's sleep. The first night felt a bit awkward. I had to not only strap the machine on, but wear a chin strap that would keep my mouth closed when I sleep (apparently I sleep with it open, and snore...occasionally).

I reached out to a couple of friends of mine who also suffer from a similar condition and they told me it might take a week or two to get used to it. At this point I'm willing to try anything to sleep through the night, and this might just be my last, best option. I'll keep you updated. 

Dan Mitchinson

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