People always suggest “Do X first thing in the morning, to start your day off right!”, where X might be: meditation, exercise, eating breakfast, writing your words for the day, practicing a foreign language, reviewing your plan for the day1. That seems like great advice, except that I often wake up grumpy and groggy, with puffy eyes, because of allergies. Along with all the other reasons I sleep badly (sleep apnea, hamster brain), mornings aren’t my most functional time of day. (Neither are evenings or afternoons.)
Some of it is seasonal allergies, to weeds and grasses and olive trees, but mostly2 it’s the dust mites that are killing me. I do my best to keep dust down in the house: all of my bedding is wrapped in dust mite proof covers, and we change the sheets regularly and use anti-dust mite detergent. (That’s a thing!)
HEPA filters for my CPAP machine aren’t considered medically necessary. 😒 They aren’t even offered through my DME provider’s catalog; I had to request them special and sign a form that says I understand that insurance won’t pay the $12 for a 3 month supply of filters. 🙄
As of today3, I finally have those filters. I hope they’ll help. They can’t make things worse.
1 If I did all of those things “first thing”, it would be mid-afternoon before my day actually started. Just saying.
2 I’m also allergic to cockroaches, but that comes up less now that I don’t live in Manhattan…
3 Whichever day you’re reading this, its not that day.