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You can sleep when you're dead!

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Know those people who say that?

They don't fully understand what it is like for many in our society what it feels like to never get a restful sleep. I'm someone who needs, at least, 9 hours of sleep to feel "OK", and more like 10-11 hours to feel good. Been this way since I could remember. My parents never understood why i'm "sleeping in" until noon on weekends - even if I would stay up until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Even today I nap. I eat lunch at my desk and use the 1 hour lunch break to sleep in my car. Been doing it every day...for 8 years. If I don't get the nap, i'm fall-asleep-at-my-desk tired, with my head bobbing like i'm drunk. 

My sleep issue isn't due to lack of exercise or diet. I eat paleo Monday to Friday. Weekends I cheat. No alcohol during the week, and usually wine on the weekends. Workout about 3 days a week with Crossfit. I try to go to bed by 10pm and i'm up by 5:30am for work. I'm getting about 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, and still sleep in on weekends.

Still tired. Every day. All the time. You put me in a dark room I can be asleep in minutes. Car rides? I can sleep. Subway? I can sleep. Train...Airplane...yep, yep.

I had a sleep study done. I did the whole thing, slept overnight at a clinic. They measured breathing, heart rate, etc. Said I had "mild sleep apnea". I stopped breathing in the night, while I slept, and my body would wake up to start breathing again. This stopped me from getting a restful sleep. The next step was to get fitted for a sleep apnea mask. I didn't go back in...just felt like the mask wouldn't work with the way I sleep. I toss and turn, sleeping on my stomach and sides all night.

A year passed. I spoke to a coworker recently about this subject and they said, "I used to do the same. But once I got the mask, it was like night and day. I wake up now feeling great."

I always wondered what that must feel like. Waking up and feeling alert and rested. I wake up and feel tired, and just want to go back to sleep. I'm grouchy in the morning. I only feel normal about 2 hours after I wake up and having a cup of coffee. 

I went back to the sleep doctor on Monday. I'm scheduling a fitting for me. I'm just tired of being tired. I'll let you know how it goes.

New Car Blues: New Tire vs Tire Patch

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Sorry for the lack of updates. Can't say I have been busy, just didn't have much to write about.

My job moved from the West Village in NYC to Orangeburg, NY. My company is pretty good place to work, and I can't say I "love" my job, but i'm good at what I do and the perks keep me around. I had to get a car, parking, insurance, etc - and I was fortunate that my company paid for part of the costs.

Only issue is that after owning my car for 3 months, I noticed I had a tire at about 26 psi (tire pressure) one morning. Normal psi is around 41. This was no good, I had a slow leak. I filled it back up and in about 48 hours it was back to 26 psi. I took it to the dealership, and they pointed out the nail in my tire.

tirenail2.jpgWell, that sucked. The mechanic at the dealership said that they suggested I replace the tire, since the screw was so close to the outside edge of the tire. A new tire would cost $225. The rebalance is $15. The service cost was $138. Total cost, excluding tax, would be $378. 

I posted this on Facebook and was quickly swarmed with people telling me, in lack of a better term - that I was an idiot. Most responses were "Just get it patched - costs $15!"

After reading multiple updates about this - a friend suggested I try Benigno Tire Exchange in Garfield, NJ. I had multiple other suggestions, and I just picked this one. I called Benigno, asking if I needed to schedule a time - they said it was "first come, first served". I drove my car over there after work, and it was pretty empty. They were quick, curteous and in about 15 minutes my tire was patched. I tipped the guy $10.

tirenail3.jpgIt's been a week, and haven't had any issues. Saved $353.

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