I got my CPAP machine yesterday -- continuous positive air pressure machine -- which prevents me from having episodes of apnea (not breathing) when I sleep. At the sleep study they found that I stop breathing an average of 11 times an hour when I am sleeping on my back. The CPAP blows air down my throat and stops it from closing off, which means I don't stop breathing, which means I don't rouse 8 to 11 times an hour, which means I get stage 3 and stage 4 sleep.
Which you need to really get enough sleep and enough rest.
But sometime between 2 and 3 am, I think, I gave up and pulled the mask off. The area below my left eye could not handle the mask pressing against it, even though it barely rests against it. The mask has a plasticky smell, and I have a really hard time with chemical smells, which may have contributed to the problem.
But also yesterday my coughing, which had subsided somewhat, ramped up again, and the sinus below my left eye has been uncomfortable all day, so I think the sinusitis I had has moved form the right side to the left. I hate my sinuses.
So today, the day I have been looking forward to forever, the day after the night when I get a really good night's sleep, didn't materialize.
Instead I have been eating and laying around watching house flipping shows on A&E. Maybe tonight will be the first night of a long string of good nights' sleep...