For anyone following my sleep apnea journey, today was the day I picked out my mask apparatus for the CPAP machine I ordered.

A quick recap: For years I've been losing hours, days and even months of sleep.

Sleep apnea was in full control of my life and my daily energy was decreasing rapidly. I'm always on the go, which doesn't help the situation, but even with a full eight hours of sleep, I was fatigued and run down. An overnight sleep study proved that I needed to better myself. If it meant getting a CPAP machine, then so be it.

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Today I went mask-shopping at the sleep center in Somerset.

More than 30 different styles of masks were spread out to choose from and one of them was my just-right bowl of porridge. One by one, I tested the masks out, starting with the nostril pillow that allowed me to breathe freely from my mouth. It was comfortable, and I liked that the hose was extruded from on top of my head for less tangle. However, I tend to be a mouth-breather when I sleep, so I needed an apparatus that covered both my nose and mouth.

From the moment I strapped it on, I was out like a light. It was a brief nap, but I could already feel the difference. It opened up my airways and fed my body the oxygen it wasn't getting.

Never thought I'd be excited to go mask-shopping at the age of 34, yet here we are.

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