— Yagyaraman Mahadevan (@yagyaraman) August 24, 2016
August 24, 2016 at 10:09AM
I have always felt happy with my Sleep pattern. Usually I hit the bed around 9:30 – 10 PM and wake up by 4:30 AM. I am a sound sleeper – I don’t snoar, but I ROAR in the sleep. It hardly takes a couple of minutes for me to fall asleep.
Madhu, after marriage complained a lot about my Sound, but I thought it was normal. I am tired and sleep like a kid and snoring is not something I am conscious about. Madhu recorded recording sound of my snoring and I disregarded that as a sound of lions roar that she downloaded. She then recorded a video of me sleeping, but I did not like it as it was too dark🙂.
Fast forward 5 years and now with Adhruth sleeps with us in the same room. He was using hearing aid and we remove that in the night. With my snoring sound, Adhruth’s sleep was getting disturbed. It was very difficult for him to an extend that he would wake up from sleep and start crying closing his ears with one hand.
Sleeping on my side did not help. Breathe Easy nose strips did not work. Tried all solutions but nothing worked out. Then I decided to do something about it. Fixed an appointment with my Doctor and he recommended a Sleep Study. It was funny experience when they reviewed the Sleep Questionnaire. There were questions like – do I walk in sleep, am I violent during sleep, have I hurt myself etc. I said I only snoar and no other issues. They did not find my situation exciting at all.
After Sleep study in the Hospital, Doctor talked about my snoring was way beyond that they thought it would be. They placed a mask that night and they said my sleep was much better. I had Obstructive Sleep Apnea. I never thought about that as I felt my sleep was better. They recommended me a CPAP device.
At first I thought, how am I going to do this. It did not take more than 2 days to not only get used to CPAP device, but felt an extraordinary difference in the quality of my sleep. Also, most importantly, no more snoring sound and peaceful sleep for Adhruth. I am more active in the evening and don’t necessarily feel sleepy by 9.30 AM. The same 6-6.5 hours sleep quality improved a lot. Now, in case I take a nap in the afternoon, I make sure to wear my mask. When I doze off without mask, it feel the difference after getting used to the mask. Never knew there was a much better, peaceful, effective way to sleep.
For the numbers guy that I am, the device can record the time of my sleep, the number of events of apnea in my sleep, seal of my mask etc and puts the data in the cloud. Yes, the device has a SIM card to send the data to the cloud. I can access it in the morning to know about the quality of my sleep🙂. When I go for a review in my Doctor’s office, they can access this report to know the quality of my sleep, sleep apnea to suggest changes. If I see the pressure of the mask is not enough, they can remotely set it up to right pressure so that I am comfortable. It is certainly making my life easier, better and great quality.
Yes, mask needs to be cleaned, water needs to be changed for the humidifier, but most importantly, a good night sleep is very important for being very effective in the next day and with CPAP, knowing the quality that I have never experienced. Thanks for the growth in Technology to make this happen.
People who know me knows the side of me, where I am not always super comfortable starting a conversation with a Stranger and would certainly avoid it in all possibilities until I am comfortable. But this time, as part of Megha Bajaj Wonder Of Words Online writing workshop, I was asked to team up with Bina Pillai and was hesitant to start. Once we talked with each other and shared our journeys there were lots of similarities and yes – both are different as well. After that initial couple of minutes in Whatsapp – it never appeared I was speaking to someone for the first time. Over the next couple of days was more comfortable and here is our expression together on “What it means to be SPECIAL”, talking about our loving ones
I’m unique different and interesting,
I too see beauty in everything.
I’m slow and want to do at my own pace ,
But the world is a different rat race .
When you can multitask I can do only one task .
When you tell me let’s talk,
My hand moves and not my mouth.
When you tell me listen ,
I need to put the machine then.
You tell me lets drink milk
I need my tube button open and not my mouth,
You tell me Let’s play
I play in my world and may not need Toys
You tell me you are weird and don’t mingle
it’s not my fault and I don’t find it funny,
But the world doesn’t understand ,
That’s why I’m special!
Inspite of all the hurdles I’m made to face,
Sometimes I too win the race
I am not the one to give up.
You put me down and I will bounce back again.
I love my friends but I’m shy
Because I know I’m not like you ,
My logic is different and may make you laugh
But I’m sad because you want me to be like you
I wish to be adventurous ,do lifts and turns
Life is a struggle ,because I cannot do,
But the world wants me like you!
Will you have patience with me and stay?
I did not do any wrong but I was made this way.
I implore to you please understand ,
I’m not like you and so I’m called,
Heaven’s special child!
Special children need special parents,
HE does not create everyone equal
But HE creates some exclusively
And that’s what you call Special
The best way to start (re-start) by blogs is with the very first poem I have written – as part of the Online Writing workshop that I am doing. Here is link to Adhruth’s website.
Through my heart
I see you – my little boy
My eyes glitter seeing
Smile on your face
To everyone outside
You may seem different
But to me,
You mean the World
When I sit back and think,
Life is good because,
I have you in it
What else can I ask for.
I will be there for you no matter what
You are the one and only one I love a lot
The blessed day in my life was
When I introduced me as your Father
I wanted to teach you Life
But, You showed me Love
I wanted to teach you Science
But, You taught me Acceptance
Being a parent to you,
Is satisfying, peaceful,
For you keep us Smiling
Others will judge you,
By what they only see
You are beyond any judgement
Adhruth – You are HIS masterpiece