Night and Day: How I’m Feeling Since Being on CPAP Therapy
Last updated: February 2023
The comparison of how I’m feeling now since starting continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is like night and day. I wish I had started on CPAP therapy years ago.
Does CPAP make a difference?
To be able to fall asleep and sleep through the night was a huge change. Not to mention, waking up feeling refreshed was something I never thought I would feel. I feel as though I have taken back my life and accomplished so much in these past few years. It is truly amazing what a good night's sleep can do.
No more clock-watching
I’ll never forget that first morning waking up realizing that not only had I not watched the clock all night, but I didn’t get up even once. That was a drastic change from the hours that it used to take for me to fall asleep and then to stay asleep. I was the one who would get up several times throughout the night. For once, I got to experience the full night's sleep that most people get.
Peace out, headaches!
Oh my goodness, it has been life-changing to not only wake up feeling like I actually slept but to wake up without a headache. Waking up with a morning headache had become a part of my life. I couldn’t wait to eat breakfast to take a pain reliever to get rid of my headache. I am so glad that part of my life is in the past.
Cutting back on the caffeine
I was living on caffeine to get me through the day before going on my CPAP. Once I was getting a good night's sleep, the fog lifted, and so did the need for the caffeine.
Reducing my coffee intake to just my morning coffee and cutting out my afternoon soda actually boosted my energy. Not to mention helped take a pound or two off.
For once in my life, I felt like the Energizer Bunny instead of running on empty. My new energy allowed me to start focusing on my health and wellness. I started eating healthily. Heck, I even had the energy to start working out to lose that annoying weight that I couldn’t seem to lose. I was accomplishing things in a day that use to take me a week to complete.
With good sleep comes good moods. One of the first things I noticed after a good night's sleep was that I was starting to have a positive outlook on life instead of being the negative person I had been for years. I found myself having more patience, I felt less anxious, and I was happier and healthier overall.
I wish I had done it sooner
Looking back, I wish I had gotten on my CPAP sooner. I think of all the years I walked around utterly exhausted, irritable, and frustrated.
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