(08-02-2015, 02:40 AM)BearLee Wrote: I know it is early days but for all those experienced people out there in this Forum, how long (on average) does it take for this lack of energy/stamina and tiredness to go?
I see this kind of question a lot on this forum. It seems a lot of people assume that sleep apnea is the ONLY thing that is making them feel bad. Lack of sleep can cause tiredness, but it is by no means the only source of fatigue, sluggishness, and sleepiness. For those where it was the only source of problem, it may very well do the trick. It may take those folks a day, a month, a few months, for it to fully work for them.
For others, it may never work to fully "cure" the tiredness issue. There may be dozens of causes for that tired feeling. I kind of fall into this category. Ten years ago, even though I was having problems sleeping, I was an Energizer bunny that could just keep going and going and going. Now? I am usually tired and sluggish feeling a lot of the time. I am still on the CPAP/APAP and I wouldn't do without it because it allows me to have restful, uninterrupted sleep when I can sleep. But there are other issues that disturb my sleep (early waking insomnia and occasional bouts of pain from an arthritic knee and hip). And there are probably other things that are making me feel tired and sluggish (blood sugar swings can do that to me).
I wish it was as simple as addressing the apnea. That remains an important part of it, but it is not always the only thing. I fret sometimes because some folks on here try CPAP and do not get the full results they hoped for and quit. They may have had three things going on and apnea was one of them. CPAP got them 33% "fixed" but they chose to go back to 100% "broken" since treating the 33% didn't get them all the way "fixed".
For me, CPAP is the only way I can go to sleep comfortably and it allows me to relieve some of the other things going on (it will allow me to sleep in a supine position which make my back feel better and can sometimes help relieve the positional strain off my knees and hip).
I hope you see improved results, but if you don't get 100% of what you hope for, don't give up on CPAP.