My Experience with CPAP After 5 Years of Use
Last updated: September 2022
My life was a lot different before my continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. I was tired all the time, cranky, worn out, and didn’t feel very good. I thought it was a mid-life age thing, but I had undiagnosed sleep apnea.
Despite my initial fears, I decided to give it a try and see if it improved my health. The lack of good sleep was starting to catch up on me.
The first few nights
I didn’t have a great time the first few nights. The mask came off, it wasn’t comfortable, and I got frustrated. I was still learning about CPAP therapy, and I needed time to adjust to this new way of sleeping.
No snoring and happy wife
After a few more days, I noticed that pillows weren’t being thrown at me and I wasn’t banished to our couch. My wife slept peacefully at night because I wasn’t snoring like a freight train. I also noticed I has less acid reflux and was waking up feeling refreshed.
After a couple of weeks, I also noticed that the frequent headaches I had in the morning were a thing of the past. To this day, after 5 years I’ve had no morning headaches, except when sickness is involved. Now, I seep all night and wake up feeling great.
No chair sleeping
As a writer, I used to fall asleep in my chair all the time, even after breakfast. I was that tired and didn’t know it. Now, I breeze through my daily work without any sleepiness whatsoever. I go through my day with good energy and go to sleep at a normal time. My daily life has vastly improved with CPAP therapy.
Brain fog is gone
Sleep apnea left me so tired I could barely concentrate at times, and this left me with brain fog. I would forget what I was doing or even have the energy to accomplish a task. Now, I feel energized without that fuzzy feeling I had before sleep therapy.
CPAP: a part of my life now
My CPAP machine is now a part of my life. I feel so much better when I’m using it. I encourage you to give it a try. It does take getting used to, but the results are well worth those initial bad days.
From time to time, I do curse my mask or throw it on the floor, but I always go back to it. My daily life is normal now thanks to my machine. I couldn’t imagine not using it now.
Give CPAP therapy time. You will adjust to it as I have. It’s well worth the struggle. Use your mask and reap the benefits of better sleep and a higher quality of life.
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