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What is it like living with sleep apnea?
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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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Bettyb...My first post. I have started taping my mouth and now they have come out with plastic strips over the mouth only. I will let you know how they work after I used them and I need to find my intro page
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Betty J Bowen
Living with sleep apnea may be a challenge however, being diagnosed had changed my life. I wake up most mornings with a clear head. The snoring that once woke me up I no longer have. No matter when I go to sleep whether it be a nap or for the night I always use my cpap machine.
@denise3857 So happy for you, Denise! Nice to hear such a positive review for a CPAP!
I was diagnosed with sleep apnea for 4 yrs . Sleep great. Before that I snored horribly, woke up 8-10 times a night using the bathroom . I would fall asleep standing up in meetings my co workers use to shove me and say wake up. Fell asleep at the wheel while driving . Love the machine and use it. Only thing I make it too tight where nose hurts . I have to use a chinstrap to keep mouth closed . The nose pillars are great for me the mouth one I felt I could not toss and turn
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I was diagnosed about 4 years ago - I snored horribly and did not feel rested. My Sleep Dr said my tests showed I stopped breathing for as long as 30 seconds. So his message - "You can die from this". Not wanting to go at 69 I got a dream station. After trial and error I settled on the DreamWear mask. It works great. I also purchased a So Clean 2 to keep my equipment clean. Since all my supplies are covered by medicare - I don't really have to buy any replacement supplies. I also purchased a ResMed Airstart10 for when we travel.
The So Clean2 is a lot easier than having to wash your equipment all the time. The DreamWear mask works great because it fits under your nose and does not press on it.
@Cheychey My Wife had severe sinus problems - then had the surgery - She was much better after. The downside - make sure you have good medical insurance - although she had medicare + a supplemental - She did not pay a dime - The bill was $30,000 +
@Louisa Try a DreamWear mask as it fits under your nose rather then pressing on it.
@Davidfprice - Just use the stop button while you go to the bathroom - otherwise if you let your machine run by itself- The machine will indicate that you have a leak - and your Dr may adjust your pressure upwards.
@DEACONJONES I'm sure you all remember Carrie Fisher ( Star Wars) - she died from sleep apnea + other problems. But Sleep apnea was part of her death. You could have a stroke or heart attack - The CPAP machine may take a week or two to get used to - but once you have it you won't sleep without it.
While I'm new here I have used a CPAP and now a BIPAP machine for the past 17 years. It has been a life changer for me. I was constantly tired during the day and often felt like dozing off while I was driving which was very hazardous as I was a regional territory manager who drove 25K a year.
When I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2004 I was often getting up 2-3 times a night to use the bathroom. Now I rarely get up to use the bathroom and average over 7 hours of sleep a night. I have graduated from using the face mask to the newer air pillows which are much more comfortable.
Prior to using a CPAP machine I snored badly and often woke up with a sore throat. I also caught a lot of colds and could count on having bronchitis every November. All of that ended when I started using my CPAP.
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