My Amazing Life Changes After CPAP Therapy
I’ve been through a lot over the past 5 years, and although I’m still not fond of my CPAP mask, I’m grateful to have it. Using CPAP therapy has made some amazing changes in the quality of my life. Here are several amazing ways my life has changed for the better.
Positive symptom changes after CPAP therapy
I used to snore loudly before CPAP therapy. This would keep my wife up at night, and many nights I slept on the couch so she could get some rest. I thought my snoring was a natural part of aging or because I carry around some extra weight.
Whenever I put on my CPAP mask now, I don’t snore at all. I sleep the whole night soundly, and my wife is more than grateful for the mask that I wear. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have my CPAP in terms of my snoring.
Before I got my sleep apnea diagnosis and went on CPAP therapy, I had monster headaches in the morning. This was sort of like a migraine and would take hours to disappear. These headaches were a result of my lack of sleep because I had undiagnosed sleep apnea.
Since CPAP therapy, I no longer get those dreaded morning headaches that were so debilitating. I can get through the entire day and never have any severe headaches thanks to my machine and better quality of sleep.
No sore throat
I used to wake up in the morning with a sore throat due to my loud snoring. Now, I no longer have a sore throat during the day, and my acid reflux is probably around 95% cleared up.
Not only does my sleep apnea machine help me sleep, but it’s eliminated a lot of the smaller annoying conditions I suffered from.
Before my sleep apnea therapy, I had severe drowsiness during the day as well as the night. I’m a writer, and I would often fall asleep in my chair before lunchtime because I was so tired. I didn’t realize that I had undiagnosed sleep apnea at the time.
Since I’ve been using CPAP therapy, I no longer have that daytime and nighttime fatigue that I fought for so long. I can go to bed at a normal time and wake up in the morning with the energy to get throughout the day. I have a few days where I’m tired, but it’s improved to around 90% now, thanks to my CPAP machine.
I used to feel lousy before my sleep apnea therapy. I would get irritated easily as I wasn’t getting the sleep that I needed each night. When you’re constantly tired, it can make you feel terrible, and that was how I felt before my therapy.
Now I feel great during the day and don’t have the bad mood swings I had before. I’m able to do things I want without feeling run down and wanting to sleep every 10 minutes.
I’ve had a lot of positive changes in my life thanks to sleep apnea therapy. It’s well worth it to give CPAP a chance as you’re going to sleep better and have a better quality of life. I’m thankful that I use CPAP as my days are much better compared to what they were before.
Do you feel stigmatized by sleep apnea?