I was up late last night because I’m dumb. It was coming up on 1:00 AM before I finally conked out.
I woke up about an hour and a half later and realized I wasn’t wearing my CPAP mask. Where the hell was it?
I forgot to put it on when I lay down for the night/morning. I’ve been doing this for a year and a half now, how the hell can I still be forgetting it after all this time? How is that possible? They say when you do something repeatedly for… is it three weeks or three months… it becomes routine. After 17 months, this should be pretty routine.
You’d think that after a year and a half I’d have this down pat.
I screwed up my technological sleeping workflow on two consecutive nights. What the hell, self?
I think it was June of 2019 when I first started using a CPAP machine to help me combat sleep apnea and constant snoring at 180 decibels. At that time I also started wearing my Apple Watch to sleep so that I could use it to track all sorts of sleepy time data.
It’s been nearly a year and a half. Every night, before bed, I put the watch on the charger to top off the battery. When I lay down to go to sleep I put the watch back on and BAM… sleep data.
Tuesday night, two nights ago to be exact, I put the watch on the charger at a bit after 9:00 PM. I finally lay my head down for a good night’s slumber at about 10:15. I fell asleep, but woke up some time later. I usually wake up around 3:00 AM or so and I looked at my watch to see if that was the case… and there was no watch there. What? I looked at the charger and there it was. Sonofa! I forgot to put my watch on. Fortunately it was only 11:30 so I was still able to track most of the night. Still… dumbass.
Wednesday night, last night to be exact, I went to bed at a little before 10:00. I sat up and doom scrolled the tweeter app for a while and then at a little after 10:00 I rolled over and slept. This morning I woke up and checked the numbers. Everything looked good. Then I noticed my watch battery was super low. What? I forgot to top off the battery before bed. What the what? Two days in a row? A year and a half into the sleep study process and I screwed up two nights in a row? I mean, I got my data and everything was fine but still… dumbass.
Tuesday night’s sleep was kinda awful. My sleep watch app said that I was in “restful sleep” for only half of the time. When I woke up it was like I hadn’t slept at all. It was a bad night.
Last night I went to bed early and then broke one of my quarantine rules.
The rule is, every work day I will be out of bed, showered, and ready to start my work day at the same time I would need to be ready if I had to make the long drive to the office. The goal started out at 7:30. It’s kind of floated up to 7:40 more recently. Today, I was asleep until almost 7:00. Way, way later than normal. Sleep watch said I was asleep for 8:20, and in restful sleep for six hours.
Over eight hours of sleep. It’s amazing. I didn’t think that was possible here in the 21st century. The water tank on my CPAP machine was full when I went to sleep and it was almost bone dry when I woke up. That’s a lot of CPAP run time!
All day yesterday I felt run down and beat up and a little sick. Today I feel a ton better, but my nose is still a little stuffy. It doesn’t feel like allergies. It also doesn’t fit any of the COVID-19 symptoms, so don’t even go there. I think a little bad sleep left me open to a little spring head cold.
Early to bed again tonight? I hope so. It’s helping so far.
When I woke up this morning I had a “did that happen?” moment. It had to do with my CPAP machine.
I’ve been using the machine for about a year now. When I first started I felt like I was remembering dreams more than I ever had before. Maybe once a week or so I would remember a dream after I woke up. After a couple of months that stopped.
This morning when I woke up I remembered something happening during the night, but I couldn’t figure out if it actually happened or if it was a dream.
What was it that I remembered?
Into my CPAP mask.
But did it happen? I couldn’t tell. If it did happen it was a first for me. There have been a couple of times when I sneezed but just managed to get the mask off in time. In this case I must have woke up, sneezed, and immediately fell back to sleep. Either that or it was a dream.
I woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head, and then checked the mask.
Oh yeah… it was not a dream.
I slept with a mask covered in sneeze snot.
We did it again. I went to the supermarket before work, and then Jen and I went together after work. Again. This time I was able to score two, one gallon jugs of distilled water for my CPAP machine. I’m set for a while, folks.