The Stir Crazy Files – Episode 23

Ever since I started using the CPAP machine and wearing my Apple Watch to sleep, the first thing I do in the morning is check the SleepWatch app on my iPhone to check out my numbers.

This morning when I woke up I took my phone off the swanky charger thingie… inductive?  enducive?  What ever the hell they call it.  I opened up the SleepWatch app and…

Their servers are down.

I can’t see my numbers.

That was 3.5 hours ago and it’s still down.

But… but… but… what am I going to do without my numbers?  How am I going to get through the day?  Are the SleepWatch staff even still working through the lock down?

I NEED MY NUMBERS!  The CPAP app gave me a 98.  It ran for seven hours so I got full marks there, but I took the mask off too many times and lost two points.  98 is pretty sweet.  It doesn’t tell me how my heart rate dipped though.  It doesn’t give me sleep time vs restful sleep time.

I NEED MY NUMBERS!

Something Else I Can’t Get Used To

The CPAP machine.  I started using it in June.  How long has it been?

  1. July
  2. August
  3. September
  4. October
  5. November
  6. December
  7. January
  8. February
  9. March

Nine months.  I’ve been using it for nine months and I still try to scratch my nose while I have the mask covering my face.

Almost every day.

Numbnutz

I took my CPAP machine to Disney World… mostly.  You see there is this little piece that connects the hose to the harness that when I took the machine apart stayed connected to the hose.  I recently received a shipment of replacement parts and I thought vacation would be a good time to swap out some parts.  I took a new hose but I kept the old harness.

Can you see what’s coming?

That little connecting piece that stuck with the old hose?  It’s supposed to stick with the harness.  My new hose doesn’t have one.  My old harness, that’s with me in Florida, doesn’t have one either,

Oh shit.

I slept on the couch, hoping against hope that my snoring didn’t keep my whole family awake.  It didn’t, and strangely the numbers on my SleepWatch app were among the best I’ve ever had.  It was only about 4.5 hours of sleep but the restful percentage was very high and the heart rate dip percentage was through the roof.  I guess I was kinda tired.

Even though I was dead on my feet exhausted, I made myself stay awake until I was 100% sure Jen and Harry were out for good.  I amused myself by mixing a couple of RPM songs and listening to the couple in the next room fight.  At first I thought I was going to have to call the front desk to complain.  Later I was wondering if I should just call the police.  It never got that bad though, just yelling and maybe some therapeutic throwing stuff at the walls (I say “therapeutic sarcastically, in case you didn’t pick up on that).

So here’s one of the songs, because why not?

Bad Sleep

I’d say I’ve been having lots of bad sleep lately, but that implies I’ve had lots of sleep.

I’ve been staying up too late and getting up too early and I’m feeling it.  I am tired.  So very tired.  I’m still using the CPAP machine every night, and still wearing my Apple Watch so I can have some numbers to analyze each morning.  The numbers aren’t very good.  Not enough restful sleep, too high a heart rate, too screwy a sleep schedule, too many interruptions.  The usual.

There is one additional sticking point right now.  My nose.  More specifically, the huge pimple at the very top of my nose, right between my eyes.  It doesn’t bother me at all when I wear my glasses, but when I put the CPAP mask on it hurts.  It also makes the mask seal feel a little weak and I seem to be leaking air more often than usual.  Mostly it just hurts and it either makes it harder to fall asleep or it wakes me up.  Stupid zit.

I have a bunch of non-music things to do this weekend that will likely throw off my February routine.  I am kinda hoping I can embrace that disruption a little bit and allow myself more sleep.  It probably won’t happen, but I’ll try.  It’s also a long weekend so it’s a safe bet I’ll be driving to some semi-secluded location to record some vocals while sitting in the car.  I was able to pick one off this morning before work but it took a long time.  Much longer than it usually takes me to vomit up a vocal idea.  Whatever the difficulties, the song I worked on today is on the short list to become track one once everything is finished.  I also may have put together potential album covers this morning.

Here’s to a good night sleep and getting the vocals right in one take.