As far as I know, I have been a very sleepy person since I was a kid. I am now 25, and I work in a university as a teacher. Working in the university really gets me tired to the bone but I see to it that I get enough sleep. I also used to be a snorer, especially in college. But now I don’t snore anymore because I made a way to prevent that.
During my third year, I was stuck with various projects, papers, reports, and all of those requirements teachers wanted for us to finish with limited time. My friends and I were doing all the studying we can everywhere and every time we had the chance—in the dorm, library, hallways, parks, during breaks, family dinners, weekend vacations and even during rock concerts and camping trips. We all needed to pass our subjects so we could graduate on time.
At first, I didn’t notice that I wasn’t really sleeping much and I was so tired each morning. I thought it was just the exhaustion from all the papers and projects, and I tried to mask the fatigue with coffee and playing the positive personality. But then during the Christmas vacation, I was back to my regular sleep, but I was still so tired in the morning. I felt so irritated with everything that my family thought I was going through some emotional stuff, but I wasn’t. When we went back to the university, we had more requirements than ever, and I swear we were all almost literally living in the library. Our free time was always library time, because we had so much reading to work on.
That semester was the time we started sleeping in the library. We tried to do it silently and secretly since the librarians were strict and sleeping was prohibited in there. We also took turns so we won’t get caught. I know, that was really sneaky but we really needed a break. One day while I was sleeping, one of my friends woke me up in a rush. I was irritated at first because no one ever does that, even it took one of us an hour or so. I asked her why she did that, and what she said baffled me. She told me I was snoring so loud that other people were noticing she had to wake me up as fast as she could. I looked around me and saw people from nearby tables sniggering. I wasn’t convinced; I asked our other friends and they said it was true and that we were lucky that none of the librarians ever heard me.
Then, a student went to our table and pardoned himself for intruding. He told me in a serious tone that I should get some help and talk to a doctor. My friends and I laughed at first, but I noticed that he was really serious about it. I thanked him and he went away without a word. The next weekend, I cleared my schedule so I could get to a hospital and have a check-up. That kid was right: I had sleep apnea and I needed to buy an anti-snoring device for my condition. I was so shocked and embarrassed at myself, but was relieved that this could be corrected. I immediately bought one recommended by the specialist and used it as soon as I got some sleep. I slept in the dorm that night with my friends and so I asked them if I snored during the night. We slept together for a week and they told me that I was not snoring anymore. Also, I don’t feel so tired in the morning anymore. It worked! Thanks to that guy who alerted me about a condition I didn’t even knew it ever existed.
Eventually we found that guy again in the library, and he immediately became a part of the group. We would always appreciate all the help we can get from our friends.