Several weeks ago, I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. My most obvious symptoms were excessive fatigue and sleepiness during the day and snoring and cessation of breathing at night. The treatment of choice is CPAP -Continuous Positive Airway Pressure - delivered by a machine through a face mask while I sleep. I can't think of anything that kills the mood faster (or deader) than wearing a face mask attached to a 6 foot long tube connected to a machine. (shudder)
My love-life notwithstanding, CPAP has affected my sewing. Before CPAP, I consistently woke up between 4:30 and 5:00 AM. I often used that time for sewing. After CPAP, I now sleep right up to the alarm at 6:00 AM and my extra sewing time is gone! Before CPAP, I began to get sleepy at 8:00 PM. I can't say how many Final Jeopardy questions I didn't see because I fell asleep! After CPAP, I'm able to stay awake until 10:00 PM. I'm able to get my eight hours of sleep and sew in the evening, like normal, grown-up people and (hopefully), I'll be alert enough not to make the stupid mistakes I used to make when I was sewing and groggy in the evening. There is another, indirect advantage to CPAP treatment. This more conventional sleeping cycle allows me to feel more energetic when I wake up - energetic enough to fit in some much needed exercise in the morning. And if I stick with my exercise program, maybe I won't have to add those extra inches to the waist and thighs of the pants I sew! Now, that's an advantage I can live with!