At the same time I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, the Snorer Technicians noticed that I also had Restless Legs Syndrome.
This was 15 years ago before the mad medical marketers discovered this new market for a new drug.
Here’s what Dubner at Freakonomics thought when he saw a commercial for Requip.
The first time I saw a TV commercial about Restless Legs Syndrome, I was pretty sure it was a spoof. I figured I had stumbled across a prime-time Saturday Night Live special and was seeing a well-done fake ad. It was pretty funny, I thought — Restless Legs Syndrome, ha! Who thinks of this stuff?
I would had the same reaction when my bed partner (the two legged one) would wake me up and tell me I was jiggling the bed. No, not giggling in bed (that’s a hand problem, not a leg problem.)
I would groan something like “I’m asleep.” The next morning we would have a conversation which usually ended with me firmly asserting that I could not be moving because I was sound asleep.
Wrong, pillow-case breath.
1. Turns out I wasn’t sound asleep because I would stop breathing.
2. Turns out I was moving my legs involuntarily.
Here’s how it was reported in the NYT, from Freakonomics:
Writing in the New York Times, Nicholas Wade reports that researchers in Germany and Iceland have identified a genetic link to the condition, which “should help scientists understand the biological basis of the disorder.”
There is a dissenting opinion, by a skeptic, who obviously hasn’t seen a sleep study of a person with restless legs.
All I know is that when I started using a CPAP and then a Bi-Pap (a fancier CPAP) my snoring stopped and I didn’t need a nap every afternoon, and I could stay up past 9 p.m.
At the same time, I started drugging myself before I went to bed which causes full and complete paralysis for 6 hours. It’s not Requip, the advertised drug, it’s something much better because it’s a controlled substance.
OK, if you’ve read this far, how do I make the most of restless legs? Skip the meds, tie my ankle to an ice cream maker and have strawberries and fresh home made ice cream the next morning.
The CPAP mask is used as an enhancement to the Child Particle Accelerator Experiment .