Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It May be Happening to You

What is happenning to me? All is right in my life: I have a great job which I like a lot, my family and friends are ok, my sentimental life is ok, my health is ok.

Why is it I don't feel enthusiastic like before? I am not full of energy like before, I get headaches, bad mood. I'm not able to focus and I get sleepy too soon over the day.

Coffee doesn't work anymore and my attitude is turning all negative.

Why is it I know I have to change my attitude, and I try to do something about it, but I can't? It's frustrating!

I have been to a psychologist before, back when I was overloaded with work, with stress, but I am over it now. This new job has it's challenges, but it's not stressing at all.

I'm not depressed; my doctor said it. Nor I have any health problems.

Exercise! Yes that's the solution, I used to be very active and healthy. I wake up in all disposition to exercise, but my mid-day I loose all energy. I tried it for the first week, but it just got me more tired.

It's a vicious circle! Have I been cursed?

Then I heard comments from the friends I camped with last weekend. Hey man! You snore out loud!

I know, I snore, but only when I lay upside, I replied. Well, not anymore, and it seems it's becoming louder and louder according to my family.

Ok, let's read about it: snoring. A very common thing it seems, and it can be due to physical and fisiological reasons: air can be blocked on the nose, at the throat, it can be due to overweight, drinking...

Then I further read: sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is caused when air is completely blocked during sleep, and heart receives less oxygen. It usually causes a sense of asfixya that wakes up the person in order to breathe harder.

Result: no deep sleep, no real rest, possible cardiac attack, very low quality of life. Wow! May that be it?

I keep reading: this lack of rest causes sleepiness during the day, headaches, tiredness, lack of concentration, bad mood. Bingo!

I never thought something like this can cause so many problems. So many people out there snore, and they joke about it, and they learn to get along with it; their partners and family learn to get along with it.

Most of them suffer sleep apnea, and they don't know about it; they don't realize the health problems it implies.

People get divorced for it! People loose jobs because of it! People relationships get detrimented by it!

It is a serious problem. So I've decided to start doing something about it.

Interestingly, health insurance plans don't cover it: none of the hospitals and clinics and doctors I called are affiliated to any insurance company.

And everyone sells their own miraclous technique: a device with a mask you need to connect every night to your face, the newest laser treatment... it's like a joke, like they're merchandising with such an important disease.

And companies, well, they won't assess how much this tampers their people performance, their productivity. I have just been off my first performance review on December, and results were mediocre for myself. I had no way to explain and no will to excuse myself, I don't like excuses.

Now I know it's a health problem, a health problem few people know about. It changes your mood, your energy, your creativity, your intelligence.

You don't believe me? Try not sleeping for two days. Now imagine not sleeping for months. That's how serious it is. You can have an accident because of it.

It's a dissappointment it is not regarded the importance it should; or maybe it is such a sadly common problem, it will be costly cover it.

Anyway, I made my first trial: I bought myself nasal strips, they're know as "Breathe Right" in US, "Anti-Ronc" in Mexico. These strips attach to your nose and open up more space for air to come in, immediately relieving nasal congestion.

It might work or not, remember snoring has very different causes and so does sleep apnea.

I have been using it for 3 days. So far so good. Let's see what happens after this week; I don't think recovering for years of bad sleep happens in a day. I feel better with time, I feel rested.

Hopefully my problem is nasal. And it makes sense: I broke my nose when I was 5 years, maybe it's time to have a surgery, if I can assess this is the cause of my sleep apnea.

I hope this experience is helpful for anyone out there: beware of snoring, it seriously affects your life quality.

And any company CEO or insurance company boss out there: assess the seriousness of the problem, it is already costing you a lot.

1 comment:

ELara said...

Hola my friend, no te comparto una solución tan solo te hago una invitación: " Vuelve al punto de partida, Date un tiempo para respirar y moverte solo al ritmo de tu respiración" (te suena familiar?) Te mando un abrazo :)