I couldn’t resist using the title. It has now been just over a week or so since I started using the CPAP(continuous positive airway pressure) therapy to treat my sleep apnea. The first week I was using one of those masks that covers your nose and sits on the front of the face. It worked OK, but took some getting used to before I could really go to sleep. It also caused pain on my face from the pressure and irritated a couple of places to the point they became sore, so I switched masks. Now I have a mask design that uses what they call nasal pillows. I included a picture of it here.
I actually like this mask much better and the treatment is really helping me. I no longer wake up like a bear trying to stop hibernation too early in a groggy fog, and I am not run down tired in the middle of the day either. The lady from the sleep center that did the testing told me that I should spread the news to family and friends who might have this problem as well, since sleep apnea can have serious health consequences, beyond the fact that people might be scared to sleep in the same room when you are snoring. I included a link to WebMD’s information about it or you can go and look for more on your own if you want. Either way, if you suspect you might have it or if there is a family history or pattern of it or even of heart disease (sleep apnea really makes the heart work overtime) get it checked out. Fill out a questionaire. Try and go to sleep with a dozen wires attached to your head and body. It is worth it.