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Friday, August 19, 2011

Sleep apnea is a snore

OGG! (Oh good golly?) Sam and I are so tired of hearing about sleep apnea.

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me I might have sleep apnea because – snore – uh, because I occasionally nod off during dull meetings, dull road trips, dull movies or dull church sermons– snore – doesn’t mean I have sleep apnea. If I had a dollar for every time someone suggested I might have sleep apnea, I’d have enough income – snore - I wouldn’t have to work so hard to hustle a buck on this blog.

Wake up people! What don’t you understand about BORED? Unfortunately, we’re not allowed to be bored in America. A guy named Ron, who wrote “Daddy, I’m bored,” in the April 21, 2009, edition of The Wisdom Journal, sums up the resistance to boredom in this country quite nicely.

“We expect to be mentally stimulated by our spouses, our friends, our environments, and our jobs. If we aren’t, we’re told to ditch them for something or someone that revs our engine, that gets us excited, that ignites our passion” Right on Ron.

I have said many times that Americans need to learn how to stop doing what they’re doing once in awhile, to just sit back occasionally and listen to the quiet. One of the best teaching methods to learn this is to sit out in the deep woods someplace, without your ipod, without your cell phone, without your sketch pad or whatever, and just listen (or veg if you prefer). It made me feel so good when one of my daughters thanked me a few years ago for teaching her the value of just chilling out sometimes.

Getting back to sleep apnea – snore - Sleep apnea is defined as a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or only take shallow breaths while you sleep. Most people who have sleep apnea don't know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. DUH! This results in poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, stroke, day time sleepiness, congestive heart failure (low flow of blood to the heart, insomnia or mood disorders. Snore.

Constantly hearing about sleep apnea can BORE you to sleep and cause you to have mood disorders too. A whole new medical industry has grown up around treating sleep apnea. You ought to see the testing apparatus and the treatment equipment! It’s positively medieval.

Constantly having to go pee is what wakes me up at night. It’s rare that I get more than 4 hours of sleep at a time. Still, I’m fairly well rested in the morning. A good bed, a cozy comforter and snuggling with my sweet baboo (no, not Sam) works well for me. I often like to take a half-hour snooze around 3:00 p.m. but that has more to do with working on my computer too long, the warm sun shining through the window and the relative quiet of the afternoon, than anything else. I actually fell asleep at my computer one time and only woke up when my face smacked the keyboard.

Sleep apnea my Aunt Patooty’s nose hairs. SNORE!

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