Sleep study done and they said that I was waking up from REM (sleep hypopnea) but does not appear to be related to interrupted breathing (apnea). However they prescribed me a breathing machine anyway because that was probably it.... You know, because you are fat and that's usually the problem. Huh?? OK.... I suppose...
I bought the machine. Tried it - didn't help. A friend told me "oh yea, you will notice immediately". Nope, not getting anything from this. Changed mask - didn't help. Changed the style of the mask, changed the size, changed the fit - nope. Changed settings on the machine, increased the pressure, decreased the pressure - didn't help. Changed, changed, changed. 2 years, ya know what??
Apparently it's not a FLIPPING breathing problem!!
Visited more docs, consulted specialists, was poked and prodded, had tests done, scopes, and scans. Nope, nothing wrong we can find.
So, I sat myself down with my best doctor - myself. I did some research online. I read and reviewed the notes that I keep about therapies that were tried. Read and thought about how I felt, when, and why.
And something occurred to me. I have aches and pains. yup - don't most folks as they age and have USED their body??
- I have an old injury to my shoulder that surgery made 90% better, but it's not 100%. It hurts, it pangs, and when I lean or lay on it?? It really hurts.
- I have bursitis in my hip. yup, a repetition problem that pains me sometimes. The doc recommends that I sleep with a pillow between my knees.
(btw - YES my primary doc knows about these & more)
Wonder, perhaps, just maybe, these aches and pains are waking me up at night? Perhaps, just as I fall into my most relaxed REM, something decides that it's a good time to PANG, waking me up? hmmmm, maybe.
So what can I do to check this theory? An ache's & pain killer would seem to be appropriate?? Not just any pain killer though - one that won't keep you awake as some can (ya that would help), or become "used" to so the effectiveness wears off. That night I took one, low dose, acetaminophen.
That night I slept, dreamed and remembered that I dreamed I NEVER remember my dreams except when I am sleeping hard and feel really rested in the morning. Rested is not the word for how I felt in the morning.
I felt AWAKE.
Now, maybe this was a fluke. Have had the occasional night of rest... Tried it again the next night with similar results. and again. Hmmph. I think I need to visit my doc and have a chat....