By Paige Wi,
Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. Sound dangerous? Well it is. Imagine while you sleep your body just not breathing for a while. Sleep apnea turns bedtime into possible death. My father has sleep apnea. While growing up, my dad would always come home from work and lay down on the couch. He would tilt his hat over his face then take what he called a “power nap”. His snoring was crazy loud, my brother and I would often mimic and chuckle calling him a sleeping bear. Now that I’m older I notice a huge problem during his “power naps”. My father’s loud rumbling snores will be cut off for seconds to a minuet at times and be followed by him gasping for air. Sleep apnea can kill him and its stresses the family out. My father is a strong believer in no treatment so he just keeps on napping without a care. So I proposed an idea. Lets get a trial machine for a week and if it doesn’t work then we send it back.
Day 1 on “obnoxious air thing”: my dad is annoyed beyond belief at the noise this thing makes. He put the mask on to go to bed and complained about the sound of his new CPAP machine. Morning after was successful! Dad woke up feeling awake and not groggy as usual.
Day 2 on CPAP: Dad is still denying how great he slept last night but I’m sure he will come around. He uses it once again tonight to sleep. Morning after he caves in and lets me know that he has energy in the morning like never before. He is sleeping through the night and doesn’t even feel like he needs his “power nap” after work.
I planned on having the 7-day journal to tell you how each passing day with his trial on CPAP went but he has decided to keep it. It is a pretty loud machine and he feels bad having it fun at night but little does he know, his snoring was so much worse. As a family we can rest easy knowing dads machine is constantly pushing air through his airways. There will be no more collapsing of airways making us as a family shake and wake him up every few minuets. I can know rest easy knowing sleep apnea no longer controls my father’s life.