Whether you’re new to CPAP or have had sleep apnea for years, you’ll notice that therapy makes you significantly more alert throughout the day. Sleep apnea itself is characterized by profound fatigue and a frustrating inability to focus or maintain coherence. The lack of sleep brought on by sleep apnea simply kills any energy or creative flow that you might otherwise have enjoyed. With compliant CPAP therapy, you’re back to feeling like yourself.
There are a number of auxiliary benefits to therapy. As you become more alert and focused, you’ll notice that tasks that used to be difficult or draining have become much easier. Whether you’re feeling surprisingly motivated or just extra on top of things, you’ll notice improvement in these five areas of your life, thanks to CPAP.
Sleep apnea sufferers are known for their propensity to fall asleep at a moments notice. That tendency has been poked at on sitcoms and movies for decades but it’s no laughing matter when someone falls asleep behind the wheel. Patients with sleep apnea often find that they feel drowsy when they drive, particularly during long drives or on stretches of road that don’t require much more than passive monitoring. With the help of CPAP machines though, patients find themselves feeling much more alert as they operate their car, ensuring a safer road for themselves and everyone else.
Ever seen a co-worker hold their head in their hands, or doze off behind their desk? They might have just slept poorly the night before, but odds are that they have sleep apnea, and haven’t slept well in years. Sleep apnea makes it very difficult to pay attention on anything that requires significant mental prowess, including work tasks, which are often repetitive and dull anyway. A good night’s sleep will help re-charge your batteries, allowing you to come to the office fresh and ready to work each day.
3. Spending time with family
A relaxing afternoon with the family can turn into a nap really quickly if you have sleep apnea. If you’re feeling tired, you’ll be tempted to drift off to sleep at a moment’s notice, even if you’re spending time with loved ones. For sleep apnea sufferers, using CPAP and CPAP masks therapy can help you make the most of your time at home and with your family.
4. Difficult conversations
When you’re tired, it’s hard to focus, and it’s really hard to maintain your composure in a stressful situation. If you’re having a tough conversation, whether with a co-worker, relative, teacher or whoever else, it’s important that you treat the other person fairly, but that’s difficult if you’re sleepy. A good night’s sleep can keep things civil and ensure that your temper stays in check. While this may sound like a stretch, plenty of patients report that they feel a dramatic reduction in their anger and anxiety levels once they begin CPAP.
This should be self-explanatory, but it’s really difficult to get a good workout when you’re tired and have low energy levels. CPAP can help you get a better night’s sleep and let you make the most out of your workout.