Hi Dreidels. I am a new CPAP user and am going through the psychological adjustment to the idea that I need all thus gadgetry to breathe when I'm sleeping. I took the past two nights off from using the CPAP and it was so nice until I woke up with a bad headache this morning and my blood pressure was 161/101.
I have also been trying to discover a way to cure my sleep apnea. Until and if I am able to do that, though, I have reluctantly made the decision to use CPAP therapy.
If you have measurable stats that go into bad ranges when you don't use CPAP, like blood pressure and oxygen saturation, I think it's good to have home devices to check these.
Since I have started checking my blood pressure regularly, I find that it does provide positive reinforcement when I see much closer to normal readings after 3-4 nights of CPAP use.
I also like Dr. Steven Parks newsletters about sleep apnea. They are really informative, plus they scare me a little bit, which I need.
You might also want to check out the NIH study about the effect of didgeridoo playing on sleep apnea. I got a beginner-quality didge (resin, not wood) for $55 but have only been playing it a little.
If I hadn't started gaining weight about three years ago and if my blood pressure had not become first high then treatment-resistant, I don't think I would be able to talk myself into using CPAP equipment.
Oh - there is also some interesting work being done on hoseless CPAP technology - basically little "smart" devices that fit into your nostrils that are in development now.
I have also read some interesting info on Dr. Parks' site about exercises to improve the tone of the soft palate and structures in the back of the throat.
I don't know if any of these alternatives to CPAP will be viable, but it helps me to accept the idea of using CPAP for now while I continue to look for something that won't involve a bedside gadget with a giant hose attached to it.
That doesn't mean that I'm not grateful that CPAP technology exists. My father had a stroke when he was in his mid-50s even though he wasn't overweight and didn't have severe hypertension. Looking back now, it seems like he very likely had sleep apnea. (He had afib.)
Best of luck to you.
(02-05-2016, 03:39 PM)Dreidels Wrote: I do agree with that. He seems to recommend surgery rather quick, or maybe cause I had a very strong no for cpap, but I guess in the end I'll have to give it another go. It just seems like there has to be another way, sleep apnea isn't normal, so seems like something we are doing is probably causing it, I don't know
Though there are some cases where surgery has cured sleep apnea and the need for a cpap wasn't needed, but there are a lot of surgeries to have to test :/