Mary Williams

Sleep Study Provides Answers and Relief from Dozing While Driving

Mary Williams, 52, was perpetually tired, even though she thought she was getting a good night’s rest. Her sleep study revealed she was dealing with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and necessitated a fitting for a CPAP device. Although she was apprehensive and didn’t know what to expect, she said the friendly, helpful employees at Memorial Home Services made all the difference.

“They spent the time to help me with the selection and answered all of my many questions.”

Mary Williams, 52, was perpetually tired, even though she thought she was getting a good night’s rest.

"Apparently I was snoring, although I didn’t believe I was," Mary said. "I had no idea of the quality or lack of quality of sleep, because I never woke up gasping for air. I was sure it was a thyroid issue."

She never suspected sleep apnea, but her daily routine suggested otherwise:

  • She woke up with headaches.
  • Setting an alarm on the weekends was a necessity to wake up before noon.
  • On workdays around 2 p.m., she fought sleepiness with caffeinated drinks.
  • Three-hour road trips to visit family required a nap halfway through the drive.

Drowsiness while driving was particularly scary, so she brought it up with her primary care physician who recommended a sleep study. A sleep study can assist in diagnosing or ruling out a sleep disorder. The most common is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, caused by a blockage of the upper airway, and is characterized by repeated pauses in breathing while sleeping.

Mary was nervous about being able to sleep in a strange place, but found that she was able to fall asleep without any problems during her sleep study appointment. "The staff is amazing and very caring," she said.

After the sleep study, she was fitted by Memorial Home Services for a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP). She was able to try several different types of masks to find the most best option for her.

"They have the nicest recliner in the fitting room which made the process very comfortable," Mary said.

Although she was apprehensive and didn’t know what to expect, she said the friendly, helpful employees at Memorial Home Services made all the difference.

“They were wonderful," Mary said. “They spent the time to help me with the selection and answered all of my many questions."

The best part? Her new CPAP has drastically improved her alertness and energy level.

“I feel more rested in the morning and don’t have to use alarms on the weekends," she said. “I am more comfortable driving long distances to see family. I am able to spend more time doing the activities I like."

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