Tuesday, November 23, 2004


Well, this http://www.andrewsullivan.com/ clears a lot of things up: Apparently Andrew Sullivan has sleep apnea.

"This is what early morning is like? The sleep study was fascinating. They basically stick electrodes all over your head and body, connect them to a little forest of wires, put you in a strange room, fix a remote camera directly on you and then tell you ... to go to sleep. Thank God for Ambien. And then half-way through the night, the nurse comes in and puts this big mask over your nose and mouth. The mask blows a steady stream of air into your nasal passages and throat, and they can regulate the pressure remotely, depending on how your readings are. It really wasn't that uncomfortable. And I have no idea what my readings were or what my diagnosis is. The nurse isn't allowed to say. But he did hint that if I didn't have sleep apnea, he wouldn't be putting a mask on me at 1 am."

For those of you who aren't familiar with sleep apnea, it's a condition where the victim stops breathing at night, sometimes for hundreds of times a night, depriving the brain of both oxygen and deep sleep. It can cause deep grogginess during the day, along with impaired thinking and judgment.

So there you go.

Maybe we should get other Republican males in for sleep studies right quick?


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