I feel completely and utterly exhausted. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get, I still wake up feeling less rested than I did before I went to bed. I’ve been through this before when I had straight up insomnia however I am currently sleeping at night…or so it seems. I sleep with an oral appliance that helps with my mild sleep apnea but I have been waking up with it removed and either back in its case or in my hand. When I had my sleep study earlier this month, they found that my sleep apnea, even with the oral appliance in use, had gotten slightly worse so that could have added to my daytime sleepiness. But they also found that during the study, I did not enter REM sleep even once during the night. And now that I’m removing my oral appliance at some point during the night…with absolutely no memory of it…I suppose that is pushing me over the edge exhaustion-wise. And, if for whatever reason, I’m not getting any REM sleep even though I stopped taking a medication that can keep you from getting REM sleep, I’m in trouble. This morning, I was barely functional. Usually, after my narcolepsy medication kicks in, I feel more alert but not today. I’ve had a lot of coffee and strong tea with no effect. So, tomorrow, I will be calling my neurologist to tell him, or his PA, about my increasing exhaustion and removing my oral appliance in my sleep and asking them to please find a solution. Fast. At one point, I did have a CPAP machine and after about six months I began to do the same thing…remove it in my sleep. I’d wake up and would find that I had removed the mask and headgear, placed it on top of the machine, and turned the CPAP machine off. All in my sleep with no memory of it. So, I don’t know what the solution will be since I obviously can and will remove it. All I do know is that I’m pretty sure that when I get off of work, I am going to go home and pass out. And I hate that because we have an SWW call tonight but sometimes self-care comes first.
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