Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea

In recent days, my family has noticed that I snore a lot when I sleep. The funny thing is I know that I am snoring too- perhaps I am in that part of the REM sleep, when I am semi- conscious but conscious of sounds that I make. Anyway, I have been told that snoring can lead to obstructive sleep apnea,which can lead to day time tiredness.

Now daytime tiredness is something I am familiar with. I have had it for about 7 years, if I remember right. But I thought it was because of my tiring job and stress at work that made me tired and not refreshed after my night’s sleep. And getting up at 4 am to prepare breakfast and lunches would make a person tired, wouldn’t it ?

Who knows ?

I went to the ENT doctor yesterday to get my “snoring” checked. It seems I have a very narrow respiratory tract and that is probably caused by my obesity. Great !

After years of yo-yo dieting and watching what I ate, now I am told that I need to lose weight urgently or I have the risk of dying in my sleep. I really don’t know what I can do about it. I think I have tried everything in the book. The one thing I don’t do regularly is exercise. I work at a desk and  I prefer to sit for more time than walk around. Also being in my mid 40s does not help.

I need to start a diet journal and watch my calories. I also need to exercise regularly and diligently.

I am now scheduled to have a polysomnography test.

I don’t really care what the results of the test show – I just wish I could sleep better and be welcoming of a new day like others are.

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