Not sure if it relates to you, but I discovered I have a "deviated septum", basically one nostril has collapsed. I have been saying for years that I am not getting "enough air".
They discovered this when I had my sleep apnea test. Also, I do stop breathing. I did breathe thru my mouth and wake with dry cotton mouth.
I always had the symptoms you mention with the short term memory loss, morning headaches, lack of energy, and total exhaustion.
I have found out that I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, disc problems in my back, and some problem with my left temporal lobe that causes these "seizures" which make me "lose time" and causes the memory loss and feelings of loss of control of my life.
LOVE my CPap machine and getting more air during the night; sometimes, I even wear it during the day as I sit in my bed and read or watch tv.
Seldom get those headaches anymore, but my doc put me on potassium .......he did a blood test and found out I was deficient and that caused the headaches. Who would have thought of that?
I use B12 sublingual tablets and also now take amino acid liquid every day. Because of my heart problems, I cannot use caffeine anymore. For the aching joints, I use glucosamine chondroitin which I have found is better than a pain pill. Once in awhile, I do take a muscle relaxer before sleep when my body seems all "tightened" up.
I go to pogo and do all kinds of puzzle and other gains to work on my memory. It seems to help some. I write everything down and try not to have to depend on my memory, which fails me.
I have a caregiver who keeps me on track for meds, appt's, but I still struggle with paying bills on time. I do that online and have receipts sent to my email so I know when I am due or when payments are made.
Sometimes, we just have to readjust to things changing. I am in my late 60's, but act like 80's. lol. It is a struggle just to get to the bathroom, and don't get out much either. I am no longer allowed to cook without supervision or go anywhere by myself as I have gotten lost.
I just remind myself that the Lord knows where I am and what is going on...He does not leave me alone and is in charge. I am thankful for His love and faithfulness, his Mercy is new every morning.View Thread
Sounds like me. I have had a problem with sleep most of my life, either too much, not enough, circadian rhythym (sp) off, not getting to sleep deep enough for rem sleep, exhaustion all the time, weakness, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, etc. I have gotten a lot better on the CPAP machine, and just LOVE it...feel I get more "air", and can make myself go to sleep "on command" and usually am able to sleep thru the night. I have had the problem with dry mouth...I now know that I am a "mouth breather". Since I have medicare, and have COPD (chronic broncitis), I have a lung doc who ordered the sleep apnea tests. I did use melatonin (1 mg) for the 3 wks as suggested to get my circadian rythym set. It won't stay set tho, and my sleep schedule is easily turned upside down. I learned that I need to do some stretching exercise before bed, keep my sleep area "clean", uncomplicated, calm colors, no tv, radio, clock lights. Now, I read a little before sleep...a calm story, no action stuff. Also, I make sure that I eat so my blood sugar won't drop too low...that wakes me also...shaky. If you don't have insurance, I wonder if u might find some scientific study you could be a part of?View Thread
You may need to have a second sleep test done. They can adjust your CPAP for more air....or go to a BiPAP if necessary. Please contact your lung doctor or other doc to get another check done and tell them what is going on with you. I used to sleep only for 2 hours at a time and never getting into rem sleep; I was exhausted all the time. This is very serious......and I really hope u will get more testing done and get help....right away!! I did use tylenol pm's and still do just not often anymore. I have also used my muscle relaxer when I am very "tight" with back pain. Once in awhile I will use an anxiety meds before sleep if necessary, but don't need anything most of the time now. I can actually tell myself, "it is time to sleep now" and just put my mask on and lay down......and actually sleep pretty good .....and usually for the whole night.........hate to wake up sometimes because I breathe so much better with the CPAP on.View Thread
I really think that we have been starved for air and for sleep for so long that it takes time for us to "catch" up. lol. I really enjoy sleeping now, yes, many times I will now fall asleep during the day (with my CPAP), then be able to still fall asleep at night. It will probably ease up after awhile. I am in bed almost all the time due to problems with my back and other physical conditions. At least now I actually wake up refreshed and alert most of the time. I love my CPAP, i have just had issues with adjusting the mask, so that it won't "burp" or too tight and leaving marks on my face......and getting the right size for my face. Now, I am down to a size small. I am in my late 60's and 250 pounds, but guess, I just have a small face. lol.View Thread
I have had a Cpap for a couple years now, and absolutely LOVE it!! Now, I actually look forward to laying down and going to sleep. I enjoy the humidifier on the machine.
Sometimes, when I feel I am having a hard time getting enough air, I will put my mask on ...during the day, and enjoy getting the air.
I have had problems with getting my mask adjusted so that it does not "burp", but not so tight that it leaves marks on my face.
Also, I am a "mouth breather", but do not like the chin strap; it is very claustrophobic to me.
I have had quite a challenge finding the right size for my face. I am now using a small, but the gel mask still seems too long for my face.
I have a very flat but king size feather down pillow, which really does help since I am a "side" sleeper. I cannot see spending the money for a special CPAP pillow, not covered by medicare.
Most of the time now, I can go to sleep "on command" which is amazing since I have had insomnia all my life. How I thank the Lord for this CPAP machine.
It is great that I get new supplies every 3 months including the little filters for the machine. They are covered by Medicare. I even had the "bowl" for the humidifier water replaced once because it started leaking. I can get it replaced every 6 months.....I wonder how many people know u can do that?
I just wish I got more "air" during the day. I have COPD also and just feel like I need more "air" and have trouble breathing at times. I do have inhalers too and a machine for breathing treatments (which I seldom use). I shake from the albuterol that is used for the treatments.
If you have trouble sleeping, please have the test for sleep apnea. It is easy and kinda fun...like getting to go to a nice hotel for the night. I did not think it would work for me since I could not sleep at night, but I did it and used a anxiety med to help me go to sleep there.View Thread
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