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Old 07-01-2010, 10:49 PM
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My husband, Tom, had one; ditto for my mom.

I can tell you what your results are going to be, DonnaMaria. You have sleep apnea and they will be happy to sell you a CPAP machine.

I think it's the latest scam, er, fad.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:10 AM
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I used to suffer from insomnia until I realized that my main problem was that I was trying too hard to go to sleep.

Things that helps insomnia:

1. Go to bed - don't stay up on the computer or watching TV and assume you have insomnia because you are not tired. Go to bed, lay down and shut off all outside stimuli.

2. No clocks - at least no clocks that have light up displays. If it's too easy to check the time, then you will find yourself constantly checking the clock to see how much sleep you AREN'T getting and this will cause you to stress out and make it even more difficult to get to sleep.

3. Hunger, thirst and pain will all keep you awake. If you are hungry, then eat something, but not too much because being full will keep you awake as well. If you are thirsty enough that it is keeping you awake, then you are most likely dehydrated and really need to drink some water. For minor aches and pains, take an aspirin or its equivalent.

4. Keep a journal - if you find yourself stressing out over problems in your everyday life, then write your worries down just before going to bed. This will help you to relax and forget about everything long enough to get to sleep.

5. Work the night shift - believe me, I never appreciated getting a good night's sleep until I lost the option for one 4 nights out of the week. Now, when I actually have a night off, my favorite part of the day is going to bed at 9 PM and sleeping until 5 or 6 AM.
The importance of sleep hygiene can not be emphasized enough. Don't have a TV, computer, etc. in your bedroom. The bedroom should only be used for sleeping (and making sweet, sweet love, if you are married). Make the room as dark as possible - use blackout curtains if you must. Make the room as quiet as possible - close the door, carpet the room to muffle sound, etc. Keep the room cool and comfortable - it is easier to sleep in air conditioning. Wean yourself off all stimulants and depressants - coffee and alcohol being the two biggest offenders. Schedule your exercise in the morning, not the evening. If you are in bed and can't fall asleep, leave the bedroom after 15-30 minutes. Don't lie awake in the bed for hours. Try reading. If you are up all night, don't take a nap - force yourself to stay up the entire day so you are exhausted at bedtime.
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:20 AM
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My husband, Tom, had one; ditto for my mom.

I can tell you what your results are going to be, DonnaMaria. You have sleep apnea and they will be happy to sell you a CPAP machine.

I think it's the latest scam, er, fad.
LOL! I know!!! They tried to sell me one already! They gave me some literature about it, and I when I first read it, I thought it was called a CRAP machine! lolol!

I've had sleep apnea for a while and the first person to diagnose it was my oldest daughter! lol! She used her cell phone to video tape me one night when she was bunking in with me. I looked at the clip and sure enough, I would stop breathing every now and again..............

I also clench my jaw while sleeping, have restless legs, and I'm in pain from my RA. So I don't think there is really much hope for me ever having a really good nights sleep. I take sleeping pills now but I really want to be able to sleep without them.

I mainly had the sleep test done because my ENT guy is concerned about the severity of my apnea with respect to my surgery. He said something about apnea being a problem with anesthesia...........?

I'll know more at my next visit.
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:46 AM
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The importance of sleep hygiene can not be emphasized enough. Don't have a TV, computer, etc. in your bedroom. The bedroom should only be used for sleeping (and making sweet, sweet love, if you are married). Make the room as dark as possible - use blackout curtains if you must. Make the room as quiet as possible - close the door, carpet the room to muffle sound, etc. Keep the room cool and comfortable - it is easier to sleep in air conditioning. Wean yourself off all stimulants and depressants - coffee and alcohol being the two biggest offenders. Schedule your exercise in the morning, not the evening. If you are in bed and can't fall asleep, leave the bedroom after 15-30 minutes. Don't lie awake in the bed for hours. Try reading. If you are up all night, don't take a nap - force yourself to stay up the entire day so you are exhausted at bedtime.
Well there is my problem. I'm not doing ANYTHING that you or Nate suggested. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero.

No wonder I can't sleep.........................
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:27 AM
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LOL! I know!!! They tried to sell me one already! They gave me some literature about it, and I when I first read it, I thought it was called a CRAP machine! lolol!

I've had sleep apnea for a while and the first person to diagnose it was my oldest daughter! lol! She used her cell phone to video tape me one night when she was bunking in with me. I looked at the clip and sure enough, I would stop breathing every now and again..............

I also clench my jaw while sleeping, have restless legs, and I'm in pain from my RA. So I don't think there is really much hope for me ever having a really good nights sleep. I take sleeping pills now but I really want to be able to sleep without them.

I mainly had the sleep test done because my ENT guy is concerned about the severity of my apnea with respect to my surgery. He said something about apnea being a problem with anesthesia...........?

I'll know more at my next visit.
You really need to treat your sleep apnea. If you have documented apneic episodes and desaturations on a sleep test, you should definitely try CPAP. Nasal CPAP might be more tolerable. No wonder you are getting such poor sleep.
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