Taking sleep for granted..


baby sleeping

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?

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  • Reply Cassandra 29/10/2013 at 7:57 am

    Jon has sleep apnoea… He has had it for 2 years on and off. It’s quite bad again at the moment. Jennie doesn’t sleep very well so I’m up most of the night an this enables me to nudge him when he stops breathing which always kick starts him again! He is overweight, though not massively. But the experts have said that if he loses weight then the sleep apnoea will improve greatly if not completely disappear. This proves to be true in his case as when he lost a lot of weight for our wedding his sleep problems ended. Not even a snore! He is not actively attempting to lose any weight at the moment which is frustrating for me because I’m starting to think he may be the reason Jennie wakes so much.
    He has some medication but currently has a cold so using them is pointless. He has to douche his nose twice a day and use nasal drops. He also has some tablets and some steroid based nasal sprays… They do work on the snoring but he still wakes feeling as though he’s had no sleep with pain in his chest and he still stops breathing periodically.
    Sorry I’m not telling you it’s easier as time goes on…. But I believe that’s down to my husband having put on weight and not attempting to shift it, as I said above, when he did do that – the sleep apnoea was a distant memory!

    • Reply mrsshilts 29/10/2013 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks Cass, it’s good to know that the weightloss has helped. G is a little overweight so has been eating healthier since September and has lost 7lb already.
      He used to wake LM up when he was in our room hence why LM went into his own room before 6 months. He just wanted some peace and quiet!

  • Reply Fi 29/10/2013 at 10:38 pm

    Hey lovely lady – my dad in law has sleep apnia and it’s really not as scary as it sounds- honestly! Please try not to worry.

    He has a oxygen special mask he wears to bed and it’s really helped him (that sounds even worse but honestly – he has it bad and he’s fine! I promise!)

    Anyway – I saw this and wanted to stop by and day something xx

    • Reply mrsshilts 29/10/2013 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks so much Fi, I really hope we can get it sorted quickly. It’s horrible to see such a young healthy man deteriorate from lack of ‘quality’ sleep.
      Fingers crossed the docs can help him with some sort of breathing equipment even though it’ll be like sleeping with Darth Vadar but hey, it could be a lot lot worse!

  • Reply Jo 31/10/2013 at 1:42 pm

    Don’t have much experience in this but wanted to say big hugs hunny. Am sure it will get better soon x

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