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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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

No regrets

   Four years after joining the CPAP world, it's time to reflect a bit.
   In a nutshell, I have no regrets.
   I fall asleep quickly each night.
   My breathing interruptions are miniscule compared to the 60-times-per-hour episodes I faced pre-CPAP.
   I rarely feel tired, as CPAP lends itself to deep sleep (and vivid dreams, which can be fun at times).
   My annual visits to the sleep doctor have been a success, as I have passed with flying colors. The machine's data showed I didn't miss a day of use for an entire year.
   If my numbers are off a bit (excessive mask leakage, slight uptick in breathing stoppage), that's how I know it's time for a new mask and hose.
   Why is all of this so important?
   By combating sleep apnea, I am hopefully heading off other health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
   If your spouse says you snore excessively, get tested. Most, but not all, sleep apnea sufferers are overweight with thick necks.
   If you have tossed your CPAP aside, give it another shot or explore dental solutions.
   Technology is evolving rapidly in this burgeoning industry driven largely by obesity. CPAPs are shrinking and options are growing. Who knows what will be on the market in a year, five years, 10 years?
   It all starts with speaking to your doctor and getting a referral to a sleep specialist.
   If I can do it, so can you.


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