What is it like living with sleep apnea?

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Hello all,

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I've opened this discussion so we can talk about what is it really like living with sleep apnea!

What is it like living with sleep apnea? How does it affect you in the day-to-day? How to you handle it? Do you have any advice for someone who is newly diagnosed? Or how can the loved ones of someone with sleep apnea best support them? Feel free to share here!
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Courtney

Beginning of the discussion - 7/7/20

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@Courtney_J  I used to have really bad headaches waking up and a sore throat, probably from the snoring, and of course I was a wreck throughout the day. Always falling asleep if I wasn't staying busy and needing practically an IV of coffee to stay awake at work. My wife couldn't stand the snoring, she'd either spend the night whacking me from time to time to wake me up, or she'd go sleep in the guest room. It was terrible on both of us. I think it takes a lot of patience for the partner of someone with sleep apnea, and thank goodness my wife had it, she was mostly concerned for me and my health. Now i make sure to always wear my mask at night and it's better for both of us, I can breathe and sleep at night and so can my wife.

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I used to have pretty bad Insomnia before i got my CPAP...Having a CPAP is like having  a Sleeping Pill every night except without the side effects...Can't live without it.....

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I've had sleep apnea for many years.  The past few years I've suffered with sinusitis and I am unable to wear my cpap machine.  I'm not getting over 3 hours sleep.  I've seen a ENT and he says I need sinus surgery.  I am not looking forward to this.  But in the long run they say it helps so much that you feel like a new person.  I'm ready for it. I'm really tired and worn out.i must say I'm a little excited to feel better and be able to sleep again. 

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@Cheychey‍ Ouch I don't know how you do it! I can't live without my CPAP, I'm a zombie without it! Hope your surgery goes well and it helps you out!

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Night number 3 with CPAP. What do you all do when you wake up and needing the restroom? I also have oxygen along with CPAP. Just wondering y’all’s routines. Thank you. 

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I can't sleep with my mask on at night I can't breathe

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@Davidfprice I have the same problem, but it's gotten better since I got my CPAP. I try to cut down on liquids in the evening and my doctor recommended keeping my legs elevated. Not sure either of those helped much, but I saw the most improvement when I started the CPAP 

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Sleep Apnea Can Be Very Dangerous If Not Diagnosed And Treated It's Like A Silent killer

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@DEACONJONES So true, it puts so much pressure on the heart and can cause all sorts of health problems