Learning to Live with Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Learning to Live with Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Fibromyalgia and sleep disorders are tight partners. I’ve had difficulty falling asleep at night since I was a child. Getting up in the morning is equally difficult. My life has been lived from one weekend to the next — the only time no dreaded alarm forces me to wake up when I need to sleep. Although permanent disability was a huge loss for me — my income, my friends, my career — there were advantages. It gave me time to devote to treating my illness by exercising daily and resting when needed. With no need for an alarm clock, I rarely awaken before 8 and often stay in bed until 9 or later. It doesn't compensate for all I’ve lost by being unable to work, but I take pleasure when I can! Fatigue and nonrefreshing sleep often result from sleep apnea. Because sleep apnea often causes snoring, I was not surprised when my husband complained of my nighttime noisiness. A sleep study verified I had sleep apnea. A CPAP machine was ordered. Claustrophobia made me hesitant about wearing a mask, so I was given an alternative with two small tubes similar to those used to supply supplemental oxygen. I slept well while wearing it ... for
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