The history of Sleep devices. I have slept on duck down mattresses, which are very nice at the start of the night, but all them feathers seem to fly south by the middle of the night.
I have slept on inner spring cotton and it never ended well for those type matresses.
I had a living cotton matress at one time, very nice but to bothersome because to keep it fluffed up ya have to put it out in the sun. ( to much work)
I went the way of the water bed with and without baffles. This was getting close to what I was searching for.
The wife and I went bed shopping and layed on one of them memory foam things. To me, this was a cross between a goose down and a living cotton mattress.
We settled for a select comfort because of the ability to adjust the mattress to what our bodies need on a day by day basis. For me some times the kitchen floor is just the right hardness to sleep on. But that's me. since each side is adjusted seperately the wife gets to sleep in her comfort zone which is on the lower end of the firmness side than my liken.
As we have grown much older now and seem to be feeling the earth's gravity much more. We have added one of them memory foam toppers to the bed. this makes for a good combination.View Thread
I broke the first two masks in my sleep. Finally I went to the nose pillows and it works suffecient for me.
I was swallowing air at first but found that the pressure setting was to high for me. I would venture to say that you and your Dr. should probably get together and discuss wether or not the air pressure is making you gulp or it could be the humidity not being set high enough....It also could be affected by altitude depending on whether you live in the high country or the low lands. I have Mixed Apnea so I had to find the three bears place and get it adjusted Just Right. All in all being on the Cpap has benifited me not so much on EDS but relief for my lungs and heart. Plus..since I have been in this treatment I have fewer sinus infections and colds. Gotta breath.... So your best way to go is to communicate exactly what it is that you are concerned about to your Dr. Have to sleep! MikeView Thread
Hi Caprice! My daily routine is set on key points. My wife and I make the bed together, when we get up, we have been for the past 31 years. If she sleeps in (she's not as much a morning person as I am.) I still make my side of the bed. We usually get to bed at the same time but with my sleep disorder there are times that I will be last one to turn in. But the bed room routine is as most, a place for calm and sleep so the lap-tops aren't allowed. I have to take a sleep aid at night to get past REM onset problems. and I use a CPAP at night so there is the routine of keeping the water level in the right spot and the cleaning of the face gear. (Very important) believe me. I always make sure there is some good night blessings spoken to each other. An intamate snuggle/hug and a good night kiss or two or three(depends how tired we are. The important thing is that we communicate our trust to each other and to our creator; for sleep is as if we leave our realm into the constructs of the mind taking on new adventures and partially in a state of a shadow of death (none dream sleep) only to wake to another day in the journey of our lives. Good night.View Thread
Hi, It is frustrating when the majority of people don't understand or even belittle the difficulty of being prepetually tired and sleepy to the point of collapse. Being looked at as if we were some what less of a person. I am a Electronics Tech. (now), I have had to make a few life changes in the past 25 years because of the onslaught of Narcolepsy w/C,HH,Sp, and Mixed Apnea. I have had a MSLT and sleepstudy done 25 years ago and had another in 2009. It has greatly affected my quality of life and is running me into the ground. The battle to "keep up" in the work-force has been a long one and not without its' losses. I have tried almost everything chemically but have found that eventually the treatments become intollerable or they simply stop working and the amounts of the Med. cause other neurological problems. This past year I have ended up in the Hospital 3 times. all the symptoms of Gall bladder attack but nothing found but a "fat Liver with a syst on it." I have been diagnosed with IBS now and I have given the diet change more than 8 months, adding the daily fiber that is prescribed...this only makes other problems which add to the stress of the sleep disorder which in turn is probably the root cause of the IBS along with having spinal stenosis and the ill effects of all the strain that sleep deprivation and REM intrusions cause....only to hear a coworker say:"well ya need to go to bed earlier and get more sleep." (That kinda tears at my heart.) Especially when you know you are doing everything you can to live day in and day out with this disorder and stay safe and not cross the lines when driving. It has come to the point of trying the only thing I havn't tried, that is giving up on staying in the work-force and just sleep when the attacks happen. I am sure mentally I'd probably be better off. I am a member of a really good support group on line. Which I have found to be very helpful in communicating on an understandable plane. I am always looking for ways to help others that walk in the fog of sleep. That's why I replied to this post. We call people that don't know how it is, "Norms". They do not understand and unless they suffer it themselves they wont get it. It is because sleep is taken for granted and so abused in all of it's forms. To onlookers it goes on unseen or ignored or passed off as burning both ends of the candle. It is a silent, almost invisible disorder, until some one gets hurt. Then it is elivated to irresponsableness on the part of the person who has the disorder and that is just the result of scociety not recognising that sleep disorders are serious and life threatning. To much frustration takes it's toll...It is so hard to keep emotions under control when left unchecked trigger Cataplexy in some form or another or a full on sleep attack or a REM "dream" intrusion happens in mid sentence. I had heard about Drs saying that narcoleptics don't fall asleep in their plate. Well, I have. Recently at a hospital stay for my IBS(3days on clear liquid diet) ...when they brought me some food that tased so good I let my emotions go and just the taste of good food caused me to go into a C attack. Yep, right in front of the Nurses, face down in my food. Life with a sleep disorder is never dull, and the struggle to cope is a constant struggle. Having some one to get the word out there to let Normal people know that we are out there and a lot of us are still working and behind the wheel of an automobile. Might just make them think, even just for a second. Ta TaView Thread
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