I have sleep apnea.
You’ ve probably heard of it before, and are maybe aware of what it means. I snore. That’s what most people think apnea consists of. It also ensures that I get no more than about three hours of sleep in a row on any given night, and I also have extremely high blood pressure and a host of other complications. My doctor once took my blood pressure five times in a row with three different machines, before calling in a second doctor to check with yet another machine. The reason, I was told after, was that they’d never seen a living person with blood pressure like mine who wasn’t experiencing a severe cardiac episode. My blood pressure is that high. Every day.
Needless to say, I don’t enjoy this, so I’ve endeavored to help myself out. It’s a bit of a process, but the prize for success is not dying, so I’m motivated.