Sleep is a wonderful thing isn’t it? It makes you forget a rubbish day, it helps you switch off and offload the backlog of things floating around in your head and a good nights sleep helps you feel refreshed and ready to face the day ahead.
So what if you can’t sleep and you feel like you’re watching the hands on the clock tick round slowly whilst you’re lying there desperately trying to switch off and drift off with the rest of the pixies. Yep, I’m suffering with a lack of sleep and it’s frustrating. Instead of lying in bed wide awake I find myself doing stuff to occupy myself until I’m exhausted and can’t keep my eyes open so that when I do go to bed, I fall asleep pretty quickly. But falling asleep at 3am and waking up at 8am isn’t doing me any favours.
Luckily, our gorgeous little boy is mostly a great sleeper. He goes to bed anytime between 7:30pm- 8pm and sleeps until the same time in the morning. He’s such a fab sleeper at night, I’m very grateful that he’s getting some sleep even if I’m not.
My poor husband is suffering too. He’s not sleeping well at all, he’s a chronic loud snorer and of late he’s started to talk, a lot, in his sleep. Last week he was telling his mate [in his sleep] that the wedding was going to be great and that one of his work colleagues looked chipper. It makes me giggle but it’s annoying. More seriously though, my husband has also started to stop breathing more often in his sleep so every so now and then he wakes us both up catching his breath. It’s actually quite terrifying and I hate to listen to him gasping for breath.
Today, he saw our Doctor who has referred him for tests for sleep apnoea. Even though he’s been having lots of sleep, he feels shattered the next day and has even started to nod off when he’s doing stuff (like using the laptop, watching the TV and more seriously, I believe I caught his eyes closing as he was driving on the motorway last weekend) He took a sleep risk quiz and was told he was a moderate risk (one point off being a severe risk) and has to stop driving until the tests are over. Shit. This lack of sleep malarky just got really serious.
He’s on half term this week so I’m Des (designated driver) for the week but next week we both go back to work. Me in one direction and him in another. This is seriously bad timing but we cannot risk an accident, to him or anyone else. I’m hoping the referrals come through quickly but I’m a realist and can’t see them coming through before Christmas. Why are there only 24 hours in a day? I seriously need a few more.
If anyone’s got any experience of dealing with sleep apnoea or any other sleep related illnesses, I’d love to hear from you. Please give me hope that it gets better?