If you have sleep apnea, your doctor will likely recommend a CPAP machine to help you return to a healthy and happy you. But you may wonder – do you have to use your CPAP machine forever?
Like many answers in life: that depends. For most, the answer is yes. CPAP is a lifelong therapy and if used regularly it can seriously improve your quality of life and reduce your risk of serious health issues like heart attack and stroke. Additionally, there could be lifestyle issues, such as your diet, weight, and sleep habits, that could be contributing to your sleep apnea. If this is the case, you may be able to make significant lifestyle changes after you start to feel the improved sleep quality from CPAP. If your sleep apnea is mild, it may be possible to eventually correct the issue with lifestyle changes.
If you are anxious about using your CPAP machine for the long-term – don't be! Advancements in technology now mean smaller machines, quieter machines, and travel machines so that you can keep doing what you want to do without hassle. Even better, accessories give you comfort regardless of the type of sleeper you are, whether you have allergies, or if you live in a drier area.
If you have questions, your doctor can help you make the right CPAP and lifestyle choices, no matter what you enjoy doing.
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