I think you are really brave to do that. I know a few people who refused to wear it, and they are right back in the mess they started out in. Don't give up. I have to take a new medicine that scares me, and I put it off for two years. By the time I started this fall, I was able to function normally about 3 hours per day. Out of desperation, I started taking it, and I have been able to have a normal day again. It's like a miracle. I was so non-functioning. The worst part is that I kept telling myself that I was just being lazy. And it was this condition. When all of this started and I was told that I would be on disability eventually, I told myself that I was going to live a normal life no matter what and for the most part, I have really fought to do that. But I have had to work with a neurologist closely since I was diagnosed. I am lucky to have had great doctors. It sounds like you are lucky they found your apnea before something really bad happened.
Cataplexy is a seizure disorder that may or may not be a condition that is associated with narcolepsy. It can range from so mild that nobody knows they even have it to profound. A decent description is when you are daydreaming, but you lose time... or you are eating and you don't realize that you just ate a whole watermelon. It can be staring into space, or automatic behavior. (in my opinion.) And what is going on is that you are taking "mini-naps". There are drugs to treat this specifically, as well as narcolepsy, which is the major problem I have. Over the years, my conditions have become degenerative. The reason for this is partially genetic, and also stress.
Apnea is usually unrelated, from my understanding, and if you use a c-pap, (which I am also familiar with), it can save your life, relationships, and ability to function normally. Has it helped you? What is the cause of your apnea?
Smartphones, iPads, and other personal electronic devices are great ways to communicate and entertain ourselves, but they may also be negatively impacting the quality and quantity of our sleep.As personal electronic devices have become more ubiquitous, the bright-light emitting screens that allow the use of mobile devices in dimly lit rooms have become a more common reason for sleep disruption, whether users realize it or not.Why is that? Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland at…See More
There have been many studies in recent years showing the effects that poor sleep has on our health and well being, including increased stress levels, and a negative immune system response.In a new study from the University of Birmingham, UK, researchers wanted to determine the effects of partial sleep deprivation on blood vessel (vascular) function and breathing control.A full night’s sleep vs. reduced sleepThe research team, led by Keith Pugh, Shahrad Taheri, and George Balanos, studied eight…See More
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"Sorry to say this but you just may have to take a pill for right now. Who says you can't ever get better? I'm sure no one told you that some day you'll be able to sleep just fine on your own but i'm also sure no one ever said…"
There have been multiple studies published in the last few years regarding the effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other sleep disorders on children and teens.In early 2013, Penn State researchers published the results of a study showing that children who have learning, attention and/or behavior problems may in fact be suffering from a condition known as excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) — even if…See More