Backstory: I've had some sleep issues. It's been an ongoing process for years. So I started going to a local sleep clinic for help. I now wear a mask to bed every single night, and a chin strap to keep my mouth closed (ha...how many people would like me to wear that during the day. But in all seriousness, it helps me stop snoring). The idea is to wear the mask, and, attached to a small machine, it will provide me with more oxygen during the night. Before I starting wearing this contraption, tests found I was waking up 47 times an HOUR...not a night, but an HOUR! No wonder I was tired all the time.
There were a lot of masks to choose from. I'm on my third one, and it seems to be working. The nights I tell myself I'm not going to wear it, my wife gives me one of her "looks," and tells me "Oh yes you are. You have a family now who want you to be around for a long time." So I suck it up, strap it on, and am thankful I have someone who loves me enough to guilt me into doing what I know I should be doing.
The good news is my doctor says I've gone from waking up 47 times an hour to less than two or three times an hour, so it's obviously working.
I can't tell you how great it's been to get so many messages from those of you who suffer from the same problem I do. Please keep them coming, and please share this article on your Facebook page, tweet it out or do whatever you have to, to get this message out. If it wasn't for so many of you with your suggestions and encouragement to see a sleep specialist, I might never have gone. As always, you can reach out to me on my Facebook page, Dan Mitchinson-KFBK or on twitter @dmitchinson Thanks!