Back in 2010, when I was first diagnosed, it felt terrible to learn that I had to wear a mask. This can mean all night, every night but it is surprising how you get used to it. It is possible to take for granted the use of the mask and the machine that pumps air through. However, I recently learnt just how much of a difference it makes to my life.
I developed severe toothache and my face became swollen which stopped me from wearing my mask at night. This carried on for about three weeks until the antibiotics worked and my dentist was able to remove some roots. I became very lethargic during the day and sitting in my swivel recliner chair I was going to sleep. This is not good but does prove just how comfortable my swivel recliner chair is!
Last night I managed to wear my mask again and utilise the machine that goes with it. Today I feel like a different person with loads more energy and I have done more than ever. If only the pain from my arthritic limbs was as easy to control!
At least now my Sleep Apnoea is hopefully, back under control but it is a much under-diagnosed problem. Anyone who lives with a heavy snorer, should listen, not for the snoring but for the silence. It is that moment that someone stops breathing and then gasps for air is the danger. Those moments and they can be just milliseconds are the danger. The heart lungs and brain can be starved of oxygen and over a period of time, this can be harmful.
Sleep apnoea can have a dramatic effect on people. I used to drop off to sleep when I was driving but did not realise it. After being diagnosed I had to surrender my driving licence. As the song says though, Always look on the bright side of life, now when we go out I can always have a drink!
Sleep Apnoea and swivel recliner chairs are ideal companions. But you should only go to sleep in your swivel recliner because you want to not because you have to.