I had been having sleep problems for a few years, because on the ordinary things that are going on today...six job layoffs; hospitalized for over three months; homelessness; bankruptcy, etc. I think there's a lot of stress and depression along with sleepness nights out there in America, and I think all this worry, stress and depression was causing my sleep problems.
sleep apnea; (definition); brief periods of recurrent cessation of breathing during night sleep that is caused especially by obstruction of the airway or a disturbance in the brain's respiratory center and is associated especially with excessive daytime sleepiness;
"If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of just lying there and worrying. It's the worry that gets you...not the lack of sleep" Dale Carnegie
It was June, 2009, and I was watching the news program, 60 Minutes, and the subject that night was on sleep deprivation and diabetes. I couldn't watch the program intently enough, because I had been diagnosed with diabetes (Type 2) the year before in 2008, and I wanted to find the cause and the cure. Everyone knows that diabetes is a killer, and can destroy your eyes and make you blind and kidneys and destroy the nerve cells in the bottom of your feet, with will require amputation, etc. So, the program was quite important to me.
After the 60 Minutes television program was over, I quickly went out on the Internet and googled 'sleep deprivation and diabetes' and I found a wealth of information. So much so, that I wrote an article on the subject and it has turned out to be one of my most popular articles and can be seen at the following link;
Sleep Deprivation and Diabetes (Type 2);
With about 220+ articles on hand at the end of 2010, this piece has climed into the #6 spot...not because I wrote it...or because it's good writing...but, because there's much interest in the subject. As well there might be, because in today's times...there's a lot of stress; depression; worry; and sleepness nights out there in America!
"Most people do not consider dawn an attractive experience...unless they are still up." Ellen Goodman
Diet; exercise and sleep...the human being needs all three to function right...and if you're missing one...especially sleep...you're going to pay for it in the way of some pretty lousy days ahead of you!
From: WikePedia.com; Positive airway pressure is a method of respiratory ventilation used primarily in the treatment of sleep apnea, which it was first developed. PAP ventilation is also commonly used for those who are critically ill in the hospital with respiratory failure, and newborn infants. (neonates) In these patients, PAP ventilation can prevent the need for tacheal intubation, or allow earlier extubation. Sometimes patients with neuromuscular diseases use this variety of ventilation as will as CPAP which is an acronisym for 'continous positive airway pressure' a variation of the PAP system which was first developed by professor Colin Sullivan, at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sidney, Australia.
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow." Charlotte Broute
After I completed the two sleep tests in the spring and summer of 2009, I would get the results at one meeting with the head nurse at the Sleep Center at the hospital. In short, she informed me that I had sleep apnea, and I was prescribed a CPAP breathing machine to wear at night. As I write this piece on Christmal Day of 2010...that CPAP breathing machine was never used.
In the summer of 2009, I was having sinus problems, and for the first time, I was not only having them in the daytime hours...but at night, too. I felt the sinus problems came from the medication I was taking from the heart medication, but I wasn't sure. During the last sleep test...and at around 5 o'clock in the morning, I pulled the CPAP mask off so I could breath! The nurse came in the room to see what had happened, and I told her that I was having trouble breathing because of the sinus problems I was having. Since it was so close to wake-up time, the second sleep test would now be over and I prepared to leave the hospital.
As is turned out, I would never use this CPAP breathing machine again.
"If a man had as many ideas during the day as he does when he has insomnia...he'd make a fortune." Griff Niback
That suffocating feeling when I ripped the breathing mask off at the hospital was an awful feeling! I think that everyone has to be an advocate for himself or herself...and a person has to weigh carefully what has been prescribed whether it be medication, device or machine. And, that's what I did over the next few months. I didn't use the CPAP for the next several months, to see if I could solve the sinus problems first. As it turned out, I decided not to use the breathing machine at all because my life had improved...and I guess all I needed from the old days of worry, stress and depression from all the job layoffs, was time and patience.
Over the years, I've always enjoyed watching the news shows on television. One night, I was watching Dateline on NBC, and the most incredible thing happened. The father's daughter got murdered in their own house...while the father was asleep...and daughter was being murdered down the hall...only a few feet away...and the father didn't hear anything! Amazing, I thought to myself. How could the father not wake up and not hear what was going on down the hall? Part of the answer: He was wearing one of those breathing machines...which limits the ability to hear and smell, etc.
After I saw this episode, there was a whole new perspective on whether I would use this breathing machine or not. It now became a safety issue for myself. Most of us...if not all of us...use our senses for our safety. We hear an accident out in the streets before we see it...we smell something burning while on the road driving, so we stop along the road and check to see if it's a fan belt; oil or a tire about to burst.
Our senses are important to all of us while we sleep, too. We have to use our senses while we're asleep in case the building is on fire or maybe there is some other castasrophe going on around us while we're asleep. I made a decision right there and then, that I would not use this breathing machine...especially after what I saw on Dateline.
Over the last few years, I have gotten better, not only in the sleep department, but in the diabetes area as well. During my worst sleep days or nights, I would take about three naps a week. I was always sleepy from not getting enough sleep the night before. Heck...I remember one day, while at the computer lab, I went across the street in the park to take a nap. In all of 2010, I've improved in that area as well...as I used to take about 2-3 naps a week...I have only taken about 12 naps in all of 2010...that's only about a nap a month.
The sinuses have also improved as well. As I pointed the finger at the heart medication for my problems...my doctor lowered the medication dosage from 150mg...to 100 mg., and I can see and feel the improvement, but it has taken several months.
I think the nasal problems turned out to be a blessing in disquise...because the apartments where I live could have gone up in smoke...I could have been burned to a crisp...and not know anything about it...whew!
The diabetes has also improved now that the sleep was improving (job loss; stress; depression; worry, etc.) ...whereas my A1C two years ago, was at 6.8...on Christmas Day of 2010...it has improved and dropped to 5.9! A great Christmas present, indeed.
Patience, time and being an advocate for yourself are things that a doctor cannot prescribe. Have a happy holiday season...
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