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Re: less expenditure of energy: sleep disorders

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carm_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Mar 30 2005 - 19:28:06 PST


     I believe this may be the place to post this. We have shared health
issues
 (from shoes to mental) and tips in this forum. I am not a lurker, but
you do not see me post as often as many of you here. I want to encourage
everyone to take a serious look at your level of weariness and if you think
anything is unusual, please, please, please go see your doctor and get
things checked out.

     I am 48 and have taught fot 26 years. I had not been feeling well for
several months. I was always exhausted and no amount of sleep would help.
By the afternoon I was bottoming out and very foggy. I was falling asleep
in many situations I would not ordinarly sleep during. I was becoming very
downhearted and frustrated. After all, I don't have to tell all of you how
demanding our jobs can be. I have a 15 mile commute to school. The final
straw was when I caught myself nodding off while driving.

     I went to my Dr. and he arranged for me to have a sleep test. I was
diagnosed with severe sleep apnea about a month ago. I found I was only
getting 50% of the rest I should have been getting! Even thought it seemed
as though I was getting rest, I was not receiving restorative sleep. I
have been on a cpap (continuous positive air pressure) machine for three
weeks now and an already seeing improvement. I know it's going to take time
to regain my energy and stamina but now I know what was going on now and
what to do.

    If you want a good web site to visit and read more about sleep disorders
I recommend
talkaboutsleep.com or sleepfoundation.org. Untreated sleep apnea can
lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

    If anyone would like to ask me any questions, please feel free to email
me off list. I only wish I had spoken up sooner amd I wish all my
colleagues and cohorts the best of health.

Anne C-H in Illinois

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