How I Live with Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

I suffer from sleep apnea. It’s a condition that impacts my quality of sleep. To combat this problem, I use a CPAP mask. It allows me to breathe better each night, so I get the rest that I need to go about my normal day. I do several things each day to manage my sleep apnea so I feel my best.

I Use My Mask regularly.

I manage my sleep apnea by using my mask each day. When I kiss a day, I ensure that my mask goes right back on the next night if I do. I struggled at the beginning with my mask, but now I’m able to wear it without difficulty. I realize that it’s the main thing that will make me feel better in the morning, so I wear it.

I Joined Sleep Apnea Communities

It’s hard to deal with health problems on your own, so I joined multiple communities where I feel like I belong. Health Union is one community I enjoy that I recently joined. In a community, you can ask questions that you might feel uncomfortable asking with your doctor or sleep provider. It’s worth it to put yourself out there and get involved, as the support you get can reduce your fear and anxiety a great deal.

I Write About My Experience

I now enjoy documenting and writing about my sleep apnea experiences as a writer. I know that this will help others with their struggles. You need to know that you’re not alone because others are there to help you out with your issues. Writing about sleep apnea has been rewarding and reduced my fears and anxiety about this condition a great deal. I look forward to posting new content on this condition.

I Gain Knowledge

I read articles, blogs, and medical information about sleep apnea. As a patient, I want to know as much as I can. Unfortunately, doctors and even sleep therapists don’t spend enough time teaching you about this condition. I feel that the more I know, the easier it will be to deal with my apnea in the future.

I Allow for Bad Days

Sometimes, I have a night of poor sleep, I may not wear my mask, or I’ll have a crisis, such as my recent broken water tank that flooded my nightstand and caused my wife grief. When they arise, I deal with these problems and don’t stress a lot about them. Bad days are bad days, and we have them whether they are health-related, work-related, and so on. We deal with the issue and move on the next day.

Summary

I have learned to accept my sleep apnea and live with it. Sometimes this is not easy. I have good days and bad. I now have far better sleep, and I don’t fall asleep in my chair when trying to write! I have a regular sleep schedule, and I’m thankful for my CPAP. If you have questions about CPAP, I’d love to hear from you.

 

I write about sleep apnea for Health Union and WebMD. Contact me about your own writing needs, and I would be happy to help you out.

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