I’ve got a very big deal happening tonight. I will spend the night in a sleep lab wired up every which way to be evaluated for CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), a machine that keeps the airway open while one sleeps.
There are many different types of CPAP masks, and I’m hoping we can find the right one for me on the first try, frankly, because I did this sleep test a month ago to evaluate my sleep apnea and I am not excited to do it again. Gobs of glue stuck electrodes on my head, face, neck, chest and legs. I had straps around my chest and abdomen, a cannula up my nose and a pulse oximeter taped around my index finger. It seemed like 99 wires ran from my body into a box on the wall, which I had to have disconnected and hung around my neck when I (inevitably) needed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. They told me I actually did sleep for nearly 6 hours but I sure couldn’t tell it by the way I felt (and looked) the next morning.
However, I am excited about the possibility of finally getting treatment for a condition that’s been slowly running down my internal batteries for years. If I can give my brain a rest from having to continuously adjust my breathing all night long, maybe I will experience some actual delta wave sleep for the first time since I can’t remember.
I won’t have the test results for a week or so and am not sure when I’ll get to start using CPAP at home, but at least now I’m on my way to doing something really, really good for my health.