Friday, 31 July 2009

Things I learned at the Sleep Disorders Centre (2)

  1. I actually have 'severe' Obstructive Sleep Apnea (apparently averaging 80 episodes/hour).
  2. Constant sleep/arousal as a result of OSA is implicated in insulin sensitivity (i.e. diabetes), high cholesterol, appetite control, depression/anxiety.
  3. Not only does obesity contribute to OSA, but so does a history of (especially childhood) mouth breathing especially due to nasal congestion (read: childhood environmental allergies)
  4. IT'S ALL RELATED--the sleep problems, the concentration/memory, the depression, the anxiety, the weight, the blood pressure, the diabetes.
So even if it weren't worth treating the OSA for its own sake, it might, must might, actually alleviate a lot of other problems.

Unrelated note to the crazy people: When one is born in the USA, unless one (or one's family) takes steps to prevent it, one is by definition a US citizen. It is not relevant where his father was born, or where his father was or was not a citizen. This isn't even a question like my father's, who was born in Alaska, when Alaska wasn't even a state. 1961 people. Statehood. Hawai'i. Born. End of story. Suck it up, and start worrying about something real.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Things I learned at the Sleep Disorders Centre

  1. Misericordia Hospital is actually kind of spooky at night.
  2. As hard as it is to sleep in a strange bed, it's even harder when you're supposed to sleep
  3. I don't really mind being wired up to all kinds of gizmos, although I really need my night-time-audio-distraction to make it all comfortable
  4. The full face mask is much more comfortable than the nose cup with or without the chin strap
  5. I'm going to have to have a long talk with the sleep specialist about sleep apnea
  6. "Lemon Prep" isn't nearly as pleasant as it sounds

Friday, 3 July 2009


FUTURAMA SLOTS - INTO THE WILD GREEN YONDER Waste precious Time with addictive sounds and lights!