Snooze

I went to bed at 11:00 pm. I woke up at 3:00 am. It’s now 4:00 am and your humble narrator is still wide awake.

What’s the over under on me getting back to sleep, remembering that the alarm goes off in one hour.

The over is infinity, or 11:00 pm tonight. The under is… also infinity.

Crud. I’m really tired.

ADDENDUM: According to the sleep data collected by my AppleWatch I was asleep at 4:10 am. Maybe I was overreacting a smidgen.

I Need to Play

I haven’t played my guitar this week and the stir crazy is getting to me. I’ve done a lot of work on 50/90 but none of it on guitar. I’ve got eight songs with vocals recorded that are just waiting for leads. I have three that are ready for rhythm guitar. Tonight. I hope. All totaled, I’m up to 47 songs now. Three more to go and then all I have to do is the gigantic mountain of work left to finish them up.

The Agents of Shield re-watch is up to season five episode one. It opens with a montage set to a Talking Heads song. At least I think it’s a Talking Heads song. It’s definitely David Byrne singing. It lead me to the question: The year is 2020, is it time for me to give Talking Heads a try? I more or less ignored them back in the 80’s. Should I change my mind? Change my tune, so to speak?

Jen and I have been trying to exercise. I’ve been getting 30 minutes or so in each day for the last few days. I’ve been slacking a little today though. One of the things the Apple Watch activity app tracks is calories burned. I had the goal set at 640. I can’t remember if I set that or if it defaulted that way, but it’s been like that forever.

My SleepWatch app has been giving me notifications stating that I get better sleep if I burn 800 calories. That’s interesting. The last few exercise filled days have seen me going way above 800 and I have been sleeping a little better than normal. I guess that settles it. My activity app has been upped from 640 to 800 calories. Yup. I need to go for a 5-6 minute walk now.

Dad’s Home

Dad’s home from the hospital. It’s kidney stones and major dehydration. It took a while to handle hydrating him. It’s okay now. I stayed overnight Saturday into Sunday so that my mother wouldn’t be alone. My sister took last night. My brother is there now, but everyone is home and this ordeal is over, we hope.

I am pleased-ish to announce that I can still pull an all nighter like a boss. I woke up at about 6:00am or so on Saturday. The next time I slept was about 4:30am on Sunday morning, but I woke up again at about 5:15am. At noon, I sat down to watch the Bruins game while my mother napped. I saw the start of the Canadian National Anthem. Next thing I knew, Oshe was picking Chara’s pocket and scoring with six seconds left in the first. I was out for another 40-50 minutes, I think. Later, as we were getting ready for a shift change, I packed up all my stuff and sat down at the dining room table. Next thing I knew, Dad was coming in the door. I have no idea how long I was out, but it couldn’t have been more than 15-30 minutes. After I got home, I stayed up for a little while. I gave up the fight at a little past 8:30pm. That’s 38 hours, with only a couple of very short, less than an hour each, naps.

Like a boss.

I woke up for a few minutes around 10:00pm, then again for a few minutes at about 3:45am, and then again for good a little after 7:00am. I checked SleepWatch on Sunday and there was never enough data available to track. This morning, it tracked nine hours and 45 minutes of sleep. I needed it. I’m still a little sleepy, and my head isn’t quite straight. I think it’ll be another early to bed night tonight and then I should be okay.

Like a boss.

Sleep

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.

Yippee.

Early to bed again tonight? I hope so. It’s helping so far.

Gross CPAP Moment… I Think

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?

I sneezed.

Into my CPAP mask.

Eewwww.

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.

GROSS.

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!

Sleep

I had a shitty night’s sleep last night.  I went to bed early but I kept waking up.  My back was sore and I couldn’t get comfortable.  The numbers I got from my watch this morning showed that my sleep was okay but nothing special.  I was really tired when I first got up but I’ve felt a little better as the day rolled on.  I just ate my lunch so I’m feeling sleepy again.

I’ve read that trouble sleeping can be a side effect of all the stress from the social distance.  I’ll buy that, but I don’t think that’s my current problem.  I think I just sometimes have a little back pain.  My stress issue is stress eating but I’m not going to stress over that right now.

Its been warm enough the last couple of days to open a window in the office.  That has felt great.  It’s too cold today though and that’s bumming me out.  We’ve got cold and rain in the forecast for the next few days.  Again, major bumming out.  I needs me some Springtime right now.  I ordered some screens for our bedroom windows.  I can’t wait for a warm, breezy night when we can sleep with the windows open.  It’s going to be bliss.

Nice weather would go a long way toward making the whole COVID-19 thing a little more tolerable, don’t you think?

Post Vacation Exercise Summary

I slept through my weight watchers check in on Saturday so I don’t know how much weight I gained in Florida.  I’m sure it’s some, but I did so much walking over the six days that hopefully it counteracted my junk food splurge a little at least.

I checked the Activity app on my phone to see how much movement my watch registered.  Here is the break down:

Steps/Day Distance/Day (miles)
15331 8.3
19906 10.9
15035 8.3
11999 6.6
11311 6.2
10862 5.9
Total Steps Total Distance (miles)
84444 46.2

Now every time I do something like this I have to add the following disclaimer:

I have no idea if these numbers are good or not for a normal human, but for a grossly overweight non-exerciser like me they are stunning.

46.2 miles over six days.  84,444 steps over six days.  It did not feel overwhelming the way I was afraid it would.  There were a few times when I told Jen and Harry that I needed to stop for a spell.  Mostly those times were due to back pain, and I think most of those had something to do with the way I was carrying my backpack.

Did the handful of trips to the gym have any effect?  I can’t see how they didn’t, but on most of those gym trips I was only walking between 0.5 and 0.75 miles.  I can’t even imagine how much more difficult it would have been without those practice sessions.

Sleep was another matter.  As previously stated, in a moment of supreme genius I managed to leave home without one (teeny tiny little) piece of my CPAP machine which rendered the device useless for the duration of the trip.  I also didn’t use it the night before we left, as I had already packed it.  On that last night at home my sleep numbers were the worst they’ve ever been.  That was due in part to me staying up way too late and waking up way too early, which is probably down to excitement.

The first night in Florida, without the CPAP machine, was (according to the data collected by my watch) the best nights sleep I’ve had since I started using the machine.  You read that correctly.  The best sleep I had was WITHOUT the machine.  The highest restful sleep percentage and the highest heart rate dip percentage I’ve had since I started paying attention.  I believe that was due to having almost no sleep the night before, but it was still rather surprising.

The second night in Florida followed a day where we left the hotel early and went to a theme park, then just before dinner we went to a second theme park and stayed there until around midnight.  If you look at the chart above, that was the day with the 10.9 miles of walking.  I was so tired by the time we decided to go home that I was having trouble lifting my feet as I walked.  At one point we were strolling down Main Street USA and I had to step up onto the sidewalk and I couldn’t do it.  I had to stop walking, gear myself up, and then force my feet to step high enough that I could get over the curb.  It was a disturbing experience to say the least.  The sleep numbers that night were just a hair less than the first night.  Easily the second best nights sleep I’ve had since I started paying attention, and once again it was without the CPAP machine.

After that it was more like I expected it to be.  One night I barely slept at all.  Most other nights I slept okay but the restful sleep percentage was maybe 25% lower than when I use the machine and I definitely did not feel like I slept much, regardless of how long the watch said I was out.  Once I was home and back on the CPAP machine the percentages went back to where they should be, even if the total number of hours was still way too small.

So to sum up the physical health aspects of our trip, I had a near infinite increase in exercise and, despite some weird outliers, the expected shitty CPAP-free sleep.  I also had lots of leg pain, foot pain, hip pain, back pain, arm pain, and shoulder pain, all of which were expected and within tolerable levels.  All in all, I am pretty happy with how I held together.

Summing up the mental health aspects is easier.  I loved every second of it and I wish I could go back onto vacation right now.  Maybe this week we could go to Disneyland instead of Disney World?  What about Euro-Disney, is that even still a thing?  Let’s go and find out.

Stuff to Do at Home

I forgot to take a card reader to Florida with me so I had to leave all of my pictures on the card until I got home.  I’ve sorted through the 1300 or so and weeded it down to maybe 500.  I used to use Google’s Picasa application for that because it made it easy to sort through all of the duplicates, but that app won’t run anymore.  I used Apple’s Photos and it kinda sucked.  Once they were sorted out I started editing them, using filters and the wizard in Photos.  Nothing special.  I’m about 1/3 through the keepers now.  I’d like to finish that today and get them all uploaded into Flickr so I can post some of them here.

It’s not likely to happen though as I still have three songs to finish today.  Two need quick lead guitar overdubs, and the other needs all of the guitars, rhythm and lead, and then all three need to be mixed.  I have the cover art, but once all the mixes are done I need to decide which songs get dropped and then which of the two mixes of each acoustic song gets dropped.

So much to do and so little sleep to do it on.

Actually, I did get a good night’s sleep last night.  I’m just overtired from the last few days combined.  I’ll get it all done tonight.  Well, I’ll get the music done at least.  I can sleep when I’m dead.  Or, you know… tomorrow.

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?