State of the sleep, April 5

A blue and orange sky with soft misty cloud streaks.
A blue and orange sky with soft misty cloud streaks.
Image description: A blue and orange sky with soft misty cloud streaks.

When I developed sleep apnea suddenly in 2020 during a series of major dental work, I had no idea that getting diagnosis and treatment would become a many-months-long saga. I’m returning to, and sharing, some updates I wrote for friends and family along the way to help break down the stigma around sleep apnea and CPAP devices.

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So it turns out that severe sleep apnea is likely the cause of my constant recent brain fog, grogginess, depression and difficulty doing anything that requires any brainpower at all. I’ve been struggling much more than I’ve admitted.

(For the record, my weight hasn’t changed in over a decade, for anyone who’d like to point to my body size as the culprit.)

The issue is severe enough that my sleep doctor is clearly Very Concerned, but not enough that anyone cares that it took me four months to get a diagnosis and will be not-breathing at night some more for the weeks it will continue to take to actually get a CPAP here and operational. Cool, cool.

Following the diagnosis, I temporarily closed my books to new clients and wrapped up existing client work to allow myself a chance to recover.

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