I Fazakerley

It is all so obvious now, my father would fall asleep in his chair and rattle the windows with his snoring. Every few minutes, there would be total silence, my mother never objected to that because she could hear the television for a little while!

Like my father, I can rattle windows. Like my father, I have a receding chin line, an indicator of the condition. I am overweight and that isn’t good but I used to be 9.5 stone wet through and I snored badly then as well so thin people can suffer as well.

My experience of the condition has a lot in common with others but there are always some differences. I would be in bed for five hours a night, gone midnight until the shipping forecast at 5:30am. I would get up and take the dogs out. They are not happy that I now have a machine because they don’t walk as far these days as I now sleep right through to seven (or later).

I have never drifted off when driving but I can remember two occasions where I have pulled off the road for a quick kip but I have nodded off in front of my PC quite a few times.

Sleep Apnoea was diagnosed by accident, like many I didn’t know I had the condition, I didn’t realise I was tired because I didn’t know any different. Now I get quality sleep I still, even after a few years, treat it as a bit of a novelty. The mask does take a bit of getting used to but now it doesn’t feel right if I don’t put in on before I go to sleep.

The greatest tangible benefit has been to others, especially my long suffering wife, my irritability levels are much lower. Apparently I am quite snappy when I am not getting good quality sleep, I say apparently because I don’t notice it personally but she does and now that I know what tired is the two do tie up.

Is OSA a disability? I don’t think so. Those of us with OSA have a condition that can be managed with minimal inconvenience. Should you be lucky enough to have your OSA treated with few problems like getting used to a mask then you will feel so much better.  If you think you might have OSA then please get it checked out, once under control you will feel the benefit, it is a dangerous condition and life threatening if you don’t do something about it.

Ian Fazakerley

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