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[Treatment] CPAP Habit forming?
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Post: #11
RE: CPAP Habit forming?
Hi Rich,

Good to hear from you again.

I sometimes fall asleep reading or in front of the computer and so will miss a night of PAP therapy. Unless I manage to wake up enough to get to bed and start PAP therapy the whole next day will be pretty much a waste from fatigue and brain foggyness. And I find my memory will be affected: without PAP treatment I may have forgotten things I learned or worked on earlier in the week.

Take care,
--- Vaughn

Membership in the Advisory Member group should not be understood as in any way implying medical expertise or qualification for advising Sleep Apnea patients concerning their treatment. The Advisory Member group provides advice and suggestions to Apnea Board administrators and staff on matters concerning Apnea Board operation and administrative policies - not on matters concerning treatment for Sleep Apnea. I think it is now too late to change the name of the group but I think Voting Member group would perhaps have been a more descriptive name for the group.
(This post was last modified: 09-07-2013 03:58 PM by vsheline.)
09-07-2013 03:50 PM
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Airstream Offline

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Post: #12
RE: CPAP Habit forming?
I am totally, unequivocally, addicted.

To err is human, but to really mess things up, you need a computer.
09-07-2013 08:38 PM
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Post: #13
RE: CPAP Habit forming?
I have gone one night without the cpap since starting, just to check it really was working ( dumb - huh) - totally horrid - never want to do it again. I had a completely wasted, headachy, confused and lethargic day. Just like the days before CPAP - except then I didn't know it wasn't normal for me and I just tried to battle through the fog.

If it is a habit - I have no intention of breaking it. I prefer to view it as a life saving treatment - just like insulin for diabetics - no one begrudges them having their treatment nor suggest they just harden up and do without it - why should we be different.
09-08-2013 12:47 AM
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Post: #14
RE: CPAP Habit forming?
We shouldn't be too glib about this. Lots of people look for excuses to not use CPAP. Many think it's something the medical mafia pushes on us just so we get hooked and will have to keep paying them for doctor visits, etc.

If you have apnea, you tend to get somewhat used to it and manage to sleep despite being partially strangled over and over every night. It still has bad effects on your health.

Once you start CPAP, your brain and body get used to not being strangled every few minutes.

You'll find you have a hard time sleeping if you stop CPAP after using it for a while.

If you quit CPAP long enough, you'll probably find you can sleep (badly) just like you did before CPAP, but your apnea will be killing you slowly.

Get the free SleepyHead software here.
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Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
09-12-2013 06:08 PM
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