Those of us with sleep apnea are used to living life just a bit differently from everyone else. We have to choose between being like everyone else during the day, or during the night. To be able to sleep “normally,” we have to not use our CPAP machines. But then the next day we are tired to the point of exhaustion, and don’t get to enjoy the world like everyone else. If we want to be awake, alert and coherent during the day, then we need to sleep hooked up to a CPAP machine. Which is fine if we sleep alone, but definitely makes things different when we sleep with someone else.
All in all, though, the benefits of sleeping with the CPAP machine outweight everything else. That’s why I do it, and that’s why millions of others make that same choice. Aside from the benefits of being awake the next day, using a CPAP mask has been proven to provide a number of health benefits for those of us with sleep apnea.
I actually am getting to a point here, Dear Readers. 😀 MedicalNewsToday.com has an article regarding a study which indicates that using a CPAP mask actually decreases blood pressure for those of us who have obstructive sleep apnea!
Patients with the nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea who receive air through a mask while they sleep can significantly reduce their blood pressure, according to a study to be presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference on May 22nd.
Sleeping with the CPAP mask can be a pain. It can be frustrating sometimes to not be able to just lay down somewhere and go to sleep. But there are so many beneifts to sleeping with the mask that it doesn’t make sense not to. If you have sleep apnea, use your CPAP machine. If you think you might have sleep apnea but haven’t been diagnosed, talk to your physician about it.