Very unscientific observation, but I have a feeling that the pain in my joints/muscles (especially hands, and especially wrists) takes turn for the worse if I get too little sleep few days in a row. Do not have diagnosis of arthritis.
I had a diagnosis of mild sleep apnea about 10 years ago.
It seems that my apnea has gotten worse - my spouse often observes that I completely stop breathing for 10-30 seconds, and then restart with a gasp, and intense rebreathing. It may be associated with snoring, but on many occasions it is not. I am sleeping exclusively on my stomach since early childhood - I am basically unable to get to sleep in any other way (yes, intercontinental flights are nightmare for me, everyone sleeping, except myself).
The worsening of the apnea may be due to my gained weight, or the medicines I was not taking 10 years ago at the time of my diagnosis.
My question is: is it safe if someone (e.g. my spouse) to wake me during the period I am not breathing? (different question: is it beneficial?)