What is 10,000 Sleepless nights? A clever catch phrase perhaps? A cryptic reference?
10,000 Sleepless Nights is my odyssey of recollection and introspection into my own life.
In September 2007, I learned that I had suffered a stroke of the pons, sometime in my distant past. The cause and timing are uncertain, though other things point to my childhood. What is certain, is that the area effected is a part of the brainstem where breathing is regulated. In my case, it has caused me very Severe Apnea.
How bad? How big a deal really?
That is the context that I want to best convey.
I have a A.H.I. or the apnea-hypopnea index, of 81.4
What does that number mean?
“AHI, or the apnea-hypopnea index, is a numerical measure that accounts for the number of pauses in your breathing per hour of sleep. It is used to assess the severity of an individual’s sleep apnea. The AHI overlaps with the respiratory disturbance index (RDI), though the latter differs as it includes other minor breathing difficulties. The AHI is part of the report from a standard sleep study for sleep apnea.”*
“The AHI is used to classify the severity of your sleep apnea, according to the following criteria:
- Mild: 5-15 events per hour of sleep
- Moderate: 15-30 events per hour of sleep
- Severe: greater than 30 events per hour of sleep”*
(*)By Brandon Peters, M.D.
So here is the context.. I wake up..or am disturbed from sleep 650+ times in a 8 hour night.
There is a typically a total absence of R.E.M. Sleep
“REM sleep Rapid eye movement sleep, desynchronized sleep, paradoxical sleep Neurology A 5 to 20 min segment of a normal sleep cycle, characterized by irregular heart rate and respiration, BP, EEG similar to awake and alert state, involuntary or jerky muscle movement, and higher threshold for arousal; the usual high-amplitude slow brain waves seen by EEG are replaced by rapid eye movement and rapid, low-voltage irregular EEG activity.” *
(*) McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
There are so many things to list on the effects what an absence of R.E.M. have on the mind and body I could spend days listing them, and still be only touching the surface.
Here is a good link to try and convey.
So That is the context.
By best guess. I have had Apnea for decades, and the severity of it, and the effects of the same, along with it.
30 years.. or more.. without sleep.
or about.. 10,000 Sleepless Nights.
That is where it gets it’s name.