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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Helpful hints

  Happy 2012.
  It’s a new year and hopefully a new year’s resolution that people are actually keeping is doing something about their sleep apnea.
  Using CPAP is a life-changing experience and everyone affected could really benefit from a mentor of sorts to share their frustrations and bounce their concerns off.
  When launching this blog, I came upon a website that has been helpful to me: It’s a community of people committed to helping each other work through their sleep issues.
  I found a recent discussion thread to be insightful. “If you had two pieces of advice to give a (CPAP) newbie, what would those two pieces be?”
  Check it out by clicking here. It’s a must-read.
  Here’s my two cents:
  1. DON’T GIVE UP. CPAP can improve or even save your life. It’s an adjustment to wear a mask while sleeping but you can get used to it. Don’t take nights off.
  2. Keep your mask clean and change the water in the humidifier regularly. It’s hard to explain but the air you breathe “tastes” better, making CPAP more tolerable.


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