30 Days of Gratitude: Day 26

I never knew I had sleep apnea until my psychiatrist demanded I get a sleep study done.  Yikes!  I knew I snored, and that I woke up a lot in the night, and that I was tired when I got up in the morning… oh, heh, that’s sleep apnea.

This little machine really makes a difference in the quality of my life.  Proper sleep is one of the most important elements to managing bipolar disorder, so I didn’t have a chance until I took my Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine home.  I may look like I’m suiting up for deep space duty when I go to bed, but the cats don’t care.  They just purr along with the soft rush of air while I sleep, and sleep, and sleep….

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. strugglingwithbipolar
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 14:01:12

    My mom has a CPAP too. It really helps her sleep as well.

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  2. Kathryn McCullough
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 22:40:13

    Yeah, sleep is a biggie! My question is this–can you hear the cats purr over the machine? During the close to 2 decades I lived with my Tashi–the purring put me to sleep faster than anything. Now, keeping me asleep was another matter.
    Kathy

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  3. pegoleg
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 09:40:31

    My sister has one- same deal. It’s worth looking like The Thing That Came From Outer Space to get some sleep.

    Reply

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