Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Sweet Dreams for Mr Gale

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Sweet Dreams for Mr Gale

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ANDREW

GALE

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I'VE BEEN a heavy snorer for most of my life. Its been a bit of a problem I've been putting off for way too long.

Most guys would have done something about it the first time their wife tried to smother them with a pillow, but I've always been a bit slow on the uptake.

The snoring had never bothered me, so why would it bother anyone else?

Turns out though, it was bothering me. Maybe even bothering me to death.

Potentially into an early grave due to a whole heap of related health issues.

All related to not getting enough quality sleep. I also knew that untreated sleep apnoea could result in increased risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and heart attack.

These were all things that I had been discussing with my doctor with increasing frequency.

The good news was that it was treatable by way of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device.

Basically a mask hooked up to an airpump.

I wrote a column about it last year, just before I underwent a sleep test to determine the level of the suspected sleep apnoea.

What else do I do in my sleep I wondered?

Much to my liking, I was able to do the test in the comfort of my own bed without the intrusion of strangers into my sleeping space.

All thanks to the Warwick Friendly Society.

The results, however, were not very good. They were quite bad in fact. Off the scale bad.

They confirmed what seven years ago, when our son Isaac was being born, the midwife who was looking after my wife commented that I had the worst sleep apnoea she had ever witnessed, after I fell asleep in between contractions.

She suggested I see a doctor about it. Oops, she was right. Not like a man to ignore medical advice.

What the results showed was that my sleep apnoea was disturbing my sleep many, many times an hour. …

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