11-19-2013, 09:35 AM
(This post was last modified: 11-19-2013, 09:36 AM by drgrimes.)
As a relative newbie i seem to gather that many....maybe most of us go through hell in the beginning. I felt worse, not better for the first couple of months. Had an occasional, pretty good night, thrown in with many frustrations. It's a little like learning to wear contact lenses....feels like crap but you have to work through that phase.
Odd thing, maybe not common with the rest of you, but my sleep doctor and staff were nice enough but offered little help with the rough spots. I am writing this because last night for the first time in four months, I slept 8 hours straight through. I remember nights when i laid there aware of each and every breath. I thought this day would never come.
This forum is a godsend. AND like bootcamp, you are so glad when it's behind you, that wonder if was really that bad. LOL, yes it was! Thanks to all of you who help and guide all us noobs.
Sadly, not many of us have managed to find sleep docs who actually care once the diagnosis is made. Which is why this forum is so dang busy.
As for listening to your breath, stop doing that. Consider getting something that makes "white noise" to mask the sound. Or pretend your breathing is waves on the beach and use it to go to sleep. I use an app called "WhiteNoise". It is available in both Apple and Android. I heart it a lot!
Look into "sleepy hygiene", too.
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