June 9th, 2012

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My first week as a hosehead

Since February I've had two health goals: to lose weight, and to improve my sleep. The weight had been coming off slowly and steadily, but the sleep just didn't want to follow -- and even when I'd get 9 or 10 hours, I didn't feel much more rested. Sometime around the last week of April the sleep situation got abruptly worse -- I felt incredibly tired, all day every day. I'd just doubled my meds for high blood pressure, but cutting back on them didn't seem to help. I went back to my primary care physician, who ordered a lot of blood tests, but told me the most likely explanation was sleep apnea: the airways of my throat would relax and close, stopping my breath for 10 seconds or longer, until I aroused enough to tense them again and breath. This is something that can happen many times an hour -- it doesn't actually wake you up, but it does make sleep unrefreshing.

As it happens, my doctor was right, and I was on my way to becoming a hosehead.
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