Regardless of type, the individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening. Sleep apnea is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body (sequelae). Symptoms may be present for years (or even decades) without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue [emphasis mine] associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance. [–Wikipedia]Anyway, I'll be spending a night in a "sleep clinic" soon. If I "have" it, will singing lessons be prescribed? I'd do them, even wear a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP), to feel like doing again the lonely but lively singing known as blogging.
I hope that singing exercises will suffice. Wearing a CPAP isn't pretty. The wearer shown does, however, report:
Easy; no more 1- to 4-hour naps after work, I get up in the morning easier, my family does not make me sleep in the basement any more (because of the snoring1), no more "bad" dreams, my blood pressure is down, my energy is up, and I have not fallen asleep while driving2 since getting the CPAP._______________
- For the record, my wife wakes me less often than once a month to tell me to roll onto my side (where I'm much less likely to snore).
Speaking of rolling over, she reported reading about a strap one guy wears around his torso, with two big balls positioned about at his shoulder blades. Whenever he tries to roll onto his back, I guess he bounces back onto his side.
- I fell asleep driving home from work in June 1990. I woke up doing fifty-five in the concave-curving median of I-40 at Chapel Hill. (That is, I was going toward the oncoming traffic.) The next week I was diagnosed as having CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome). Makes me wonder whether sleep apnea and CFS have any scientifically demonstrated correlation.
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