This past weekend I subjected myself to a two night sleep apnea test at the suggestion of a doctor. You know, the one that told me I was obese? Ya that one.
I don’t hold any grudges, but I do hold the image of that assessment in my mind and probably will for some time to come. It’s not a bad thing as long as I don’t beat myself up with it. For now, it has motivated me to make some changes in my lifestyle.
In my previous post I listed off 23 challenging life experiences that have brought me to where I am now. They were mostly negative as the past few years have been tough but with the changes I am making now their impact will fade over time.
Lack of Quality Sleep
The number one issue I am facing, still, is lack of quality sleep. I know I know, lots of parents experience this but for me the fatigue never goes away. I never wake up feeling refreshed. In fact in the past 10 years I don’t remember one single morning that I woke up feeling good.
So, I took a sleep test. I had to pick up a monitor at a shop nearby and strap it on for two nights. It checked my breathing, heart rate and oxygen levels. I probably looked like a freak with cello tape on my face to keep the tubes from falling out of my nose. And I had to put a monitor on my index finger and somehow manage to keep it on all night. That proved not so easy as it was a bit tight, (are my fingertips obese too?).
After it was secured with tape (I’m sure I ripped a few hairs out in the process, by the way if you ever do a sleep test make sure to use tape that’s not difficult to remove) it was pretty easy to keep the monitor in place.
I took the monitor back yesterday and the results were available to me right away.
It turns out I don’t have sleep apnea but I’m not really surprised. I’ve never been told I snore consistently or stop breathing. We were just ruling it out. Since I wrote this post I got a call from the doctor. It turns out that I do in fact have sleep apnea. WTF?! But, it’s not treatable through any other means besides exercise and losing weight.
The sleep apnea I have is rated a 5 which means that I stop breathing 5 times an hour. But apparently that is not cause for concern at this point. When I go back in 6 months to do a reassessment we’ll see if it changes or not. I guess I better get my butt to the gym more often and stop eating sugar!
Onto the next step.
I’ll probably have to go back to have a full on in-laboratory sleep assessment like the one I had five years ago to see if the restless leg issue I have is worse or now have one of the 92 other sleep disorders out there so I’m not out of the woods yet. (Maybe I can blame my ‘obesity’ on sleep-eating, although if I were doing that I would also be sleep-cleaning too as there is clearly no evidence of me eating while sleeping).
Until then, this is what I’ve learned about getting better sleep. These helpful tips are pretty much a no-brainer but it’s good to be reminded.
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Blood Test Results
Oh and my blood test results came back negative for the most part. The only concerns are cholesterol, which is a bit high and iron level is low. I’ll get those rechecked in a few months and also see to an ultrasound to check for fibroids too. I suppose I’m getting to the age where menopause will soon be throwing another wrench into the mix. Lovely.
Aren’t you glad you know this about me now? Ha ha..