Sleep Apnea

Sleep Deprivation Affects Moral Judgment

Well, now, this is an interesting study. Scientists have determined that sleep deprivation affects moral judgment:

Research has shown that bad sleep can adversely affect a person’s physical health and emotional well-being. However, the amount of sleep one gets can also influence his or her decision-making. A study published in the March 1st issue of the journal SLEEP finds that sleep deprivation impairs the ability to integrate emotion and cognition to guide moral judgments.

So the crux of the study is that it takes longer for someone who is sleep deprived to make a moral judgment. Which could theoretically mean that someone would start doing something, then later realize that it is not something they would normally do. Or something like that. It’s a little bit ambiguous. But it is definitely relevant for those of us who have sleep apnea. And is yet another reason to make sure that one has their apnea diagnosed and treated.

Sleep Apnea

Have sleep apnea? Here’s another reason to do CPAP…

Those of us with sleep apnea are used to living life just a bit differently from everyone else. We have to choose between being like everyone else during the day, or during the night. To be able to sleep “normally,” we have to not use our CPAP machines. But then the next day we are tired to the point of exhaustion, and don’t get to enjoy the world like everyone else. If we want to be awake, alert and coherent during the day, then we need to sleep hooked up to a CPAP machine. Which is fine if we sleep alone, but definitely makes things different when we sleep with someone else.

All in all, though, the benefits of sleeping with the CPAP machine outweight everything else. That’s why I do it, and that’s why millions of others make that same choice. Aside from the benefits of being awake the next day, using a CPAP mask has been proven to provide a number of health benefits for those of us with sleep apnea.

I actually am getting to a point here, Dear Readers. 😀 has an article regarding a study which indicates that using a CPAP mask actually decreases blood pressure for those of us who have obstructive sleep apnea!

Patients with the nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea who receive air through a mask while they sleep can significantly reduce their blood pressure, according to a study to be presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 22nd.

Sleeping with the CPAP mask can be a pain.  It can be frustrating sometimes to not be able to just lay down somewhere and go to sleep. But there are so many beneifts to sleeping with the mask that it doesn’t make sense not to. If you have sleep apnea, use your CPAP machine. If you think you might have sleep apnea but haven’t been diagnosed, talk to your physician about it.

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Sleep inertia

Wow, imagine that. There is an actual, documented medical condition which explains why I can’t take naps. Well, I can take a nap, but when I wake up I feel even more tired than I did before napping. I feel like I can’t think clearly, and I feel very clumsy. It’s a horrible feeling, bad enough that I almost never take naps – even when I really need some extra sleep.

Turns out, this is a fairly-well-known phenomenon known as Sleep Inertia. Per “Sleep inertia is a physiological state characterised by a decline in motor dexterity and a subjective feeling of grogginess, immediately following an abrupt awakening from deep sleep. Typically, sleep inertia lasts between 1 and 30 minutes.”

I guess I had always assumed this was due to my sleep apnea. Though I feel like crap after a nap even if I hook myself up to the CPAP machine, so I guess I should’ve realized it wasn’t that.

I swear… maybe Dao is trying to tell me that I shouldn’t sleep! That means more time for video games. [grin]