You Were Just Prescribed A CPAP – What’s Next?

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Webinar with Kevin Bradley and Cyndy Micheals

Summary By Eugena Brooks

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So, you went for the test and found out you have sleep apnea. Now what? Well first thing the Facebook live webinar with Kevin Bradley, RN and Cyndy Micheals, RPSGT, CCSH is hugely informative and well worth the time to view.Once you understand this part the rest becomes easier. Having sleep apnea means night after night of intermittent breathing and disturbed sleep. For some, breathing is interrupted hundreds of times for one night’s sleep.

Under these conditions sleep is interrupted continuously in the body’s’ fight to get air. Lack of oxygen and rest leads to many other health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiac problems, cancers and sudden death. Having a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) helps to eliminate the loss of oxygen and improve health by allowing you to get better rest when you sleep. Understanding your condition is not hard as your physician will answer any questions you have. Learning the lingo often used will help you keep up with what is going on. There is a lot of information online from which you can research the subject and familiarize yourself.

Using a CPAP is not complicated. If your doctor orders it from a provider your CPAP will arrive adjusted to the settings the doctor prescribed. If you buy it outright, then a quick trip to your physician is needed so they can set the machine for your needs. New CPAP machines come with a guide book so that people can look up the comfort settings. An Internet search for CPAP machine manuals from each manufacturer should yield those booklets. The best experience is to experiment with the comfort adjustments on mask and machine until you find the right settings for you.

Some people have an issue with wearing the mask. I found that putting it on for a short time while reading a book, listening to music or watching TV helped me to get used to having it on. The term desensitization is frequently used to describe that exercise. You may wish to try different masks some will work better for you than others.

If you are a mouth breather, then a full-face mask is best. Sometimes a chin strap with a nasal only mask works. If you breathe through your nose nasal pillows or nasal masks are good. It’s a bit of trial and error in the beginning but once you find what works it is smooth sailing from there.

Restful sleep is important for good health. If you are suffering from untreated sleep apnea you really don’t get enough of it. Since whatever you do to improve the situation is a plus do as much as you can. Sweet Dreams are made of this.

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