When Men Cry

Once in a while, I see male patients that reveal that they sometimes cry in the mornings upon awakening from sleep. There are two major reasons: The first group includes men who can’t stay asleep or keep waking up, feeling exhausted when the alarm goes off, and they feel as if they only slept for 2-3 hours. The other group includes men who undergo definitive treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (whether via a positive air pressure machine, a dental device or via surgery), who are able to achieve deep sleep for the first time in years. These men have tears of joy.

The most memorable experience is one man who had severe sleep apnea who couldn’t tolerate a positive pressure mask, and after a long discussion, decided to undergo major throat surgery involving the soft palate and tongue. He noted that one morning, a few weeks after the surgery, he awoke and for the first time in years, felt light he achieved deep sleep and felt clear headed. This is when he noticed his eyes welling up with tears.

Unfortunately, I see more people in the former group, in women as well as in men. One woman even told me that she curses the mornings when she has to wake up. 


Do you ever cry because you can’t sleep?



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