So Im condemned to using this machine that keeps me up all night? The only time I sleep anymore are the nights i dont use cpap or when I take a nap. Quality of life truely sucks because of this, think its time to change jobs and tell the government to go to hell
Sleep apnea is a serious medical problem, and if you abandon treatment you will be harming your health. I think that most of us who use CPAP machines had some difficulty adapting to the mask at first. I have used CPAP/BIPAP for about 28 years now and there is no way that I will ever abandon treatment so long as I live. It has made a big improvement in my life, and yes, it was hard to adjust to using it at first. But never lose sight of the fact that the apnea is not a condition to ignore.
I have a CDL class A and am a Line Driver for a National freight company. I took myself off work last year because of a couple medical issues and thought these issues were one of the reasons I was so tired and sleepy all the time. Really started to struggle with sleepiness while driving. It was only recently that I had a sleep study done and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. As a result I now know why I've struggled and am on my second week with a CPAP machine.
I am hopeful that I will respond and have a chance to resume my driving but am realistic that I may have to give it up and change careers. I think quite a few medical clinics are now requiring CDL holders to get the sleep study if they meet certain measurements. Neck size / obesity etc. DOT rules " do not " require this but these medical providers / clinics are now covering their butts by not certifying CDL holders until a sleep test is complete. I think DOT will end up requiring all CDL holders in the future to get the test done at some point.
The problem here is i slept fine before and was never tired. I didnt get any of the symptoms of so called sleep apnea untill i was put on this sadistic machine. 6 months into treatment and i feel worse every day. When the government forces you to give money to someone in the private sector you are being scammed
Aintsleeping: you should give it some time. Most people have a rough time at first. There are long haul drivers who have machines in their sleeper berth.
I'm no fan of the government. I think in the future, CPAP is coming for class C drivers too.
We already have to buy a product from the private sector -- ObamaCare.
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