|CPAP mask I used last night|
Last night was the night I packed up a small bag, went to the sleep clinic and spent the night while being monitored using a CPAP. To sum it up..a CPAP is definitely in my near-future, and forever in my happily ever after.
I had been looking forward to this night away, for all the obvious reasons - no small children milling about or a cat sleeping stretched out across my neck, clawing me if I moved even a fraction on an inch and disturbed her.
I did get that night away, tucked away in a silent dark room...all to myself. I got to watch a little TV before falling asleep and read a couple more pages in my novel. I also got to do it while hooked up to a monitoring system, along with a video and auditory monitor. Let's just hope I didn't do anything embarrassing in my sleep.
I did not sleep well. My head is still congested, so it was hard to breathe through the nasal tube that blows a steady stream of air into my nose. I often felt like I was struggling for air in the early part of the night. The technician said that he steadily increased the pressure throughout the night. I struggle to breathe with a 4, and an 8-9 is just right. I felt like I was breathing through SCUBA all night. My throat hurts a bit and feels raw. It took me forever to get comfortable, but once I did, I did sleep hard and dreamed quite a bit. That almost never happens.
We looked at my readouts this morning, after the test was over, and all concerns were eliminated when I used the CPAP. No snoring, no dips in my oxygen levels, my REM cycles were good and my pulse remained constant, and no gaps in my breathing. Yep.. a CPAP will make my life a whole lot better. I know I will get used to the machine, and it was pretty quiet to begin with, which is a very good thing. Time to clear some space on my bedside table!