Treating My Sleep Apnea

A few weeks ago I wrote about being diagnosed with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). My case is on the severe side and I’m not going to lie, I was scared. I knew I had trouble sleeping and I figured it was sleep apnea, but I had no idea how severe. I knew this meant I’d eventually start using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. I had seen some of these before and I was excited and nervous to begin treating my OSA. I finally got my machine this week and immediately started using it. After just a couple days of use the results are already really positive. I’m pretty amazed!

One of the things I struggled with was nodding off during the day. That has completely gone away. The energy I have while awake is noticeably better. My friends who also have OSA and use CPAP machines told me I wouldn’t believe the difference because I didn’t know any difference. This is 100% true! Another thing I noticed is that my pulse has slowed down. It’s still a little high, but anywhere from 10-15 beats per minute slower than before I started the machine. My body isn’t working as hard while I’m sleeping and that’s a great feeling. These little improvements are only the beginning and I can’t wait to continue on this journey!

I implore you, if you know someone who has trouble sleeping or staying awake during the day encourage them to get a sleep study. If you have these troubles, get a sleep study. I know I’m going to be around longer because I discovered this NOW and started treating it with my CPAP machine. OSA is no joke and can be more serious than you know… believe me.