Living with CPAP: Discover the benefits of this therapy
How does CPAP Therapy affect the patient's everyday life?
CPAP therapy is a safe way to treat sleep apnea. The patient will perceive the benefits throughout use: the disposition for day-to-day activities can improve, because they will be sleeping better. (1)
When used as instructed by your doctor, the treatment is considered very effective in controlling the everyday symptoms of sleep apnea, such as headaches in the morning (2,3) , loud snoring, frequent nightmares, and feeling suffocated at night.
Specifically, when the patient has a good night's sleep, they will run much less risk of dozing off while driving (4) and will feel more awake and more productive at work (5) . CPAP therapy can also alleviate feelings of depression and irritability (6,7) , and can improve sexual performance.
By treating sleep apnea, the patient will be helping to reduce the risk of long-term health problems, including:
- Hypertension; (8.9)
- Stroke or stroke and heart disease; (6-9)
- Type 2 diabetes; (10-12)
- Metabolic syndrome. (13)
What are the advantages of CPAP for people who live with the patient?
'Full of energy' and 'more attractive': this is how CPAP therapy can benefit the people who live with the patient.
Sleep apnea doesn't just affect the patient – it also affects the people around them. Consequently, the patient will not be the only one to benefit from CPAP treatment. Your partner will also be able to get a better night's sleep, and your family, friends and co-workers will be happy to see you full of energy again.
Living better with CPAP
- Did you know that snoring and waking up frequently at night can disturb your partner's sleep? Your CPAP equipment may allow you both to have good, restorative sleep (14).
- Studies have shown that regular use of CPAP can help improve sexual performance and reduce sexual problems associated with sleep apnea (eg, erectile dysfunction, loss of sexual drive) (15).
- But wearing a mask can be an obstacle to intimacy. To avoid any loss of self-esteem, you can talk about it with your partner and/or a healthcare professional.
- A scientific study revealed that CPAP treatment improved the physical appearance of its users! According to the people interviewed, patients showed to be more alert, youthful and attractive after CPAP treatment (16) .
Your Family Life
- Feeling less chronically tired during the day can help the patient to remain active and take more advantage of the special moments they spend with their family (17-20) .
- You may be able to spend more time with your children and/or grandchildren. In addition, not feeling so sleepy may make you less likely to fall asleep during meals, family gatherings, outings or leisure activities with the family (17-20) .
- Feeling more alert and awake all the time can help you stay active throughout the day. Workplace meetings or daily get-togethers with friends will no longer be a problem (17-20).
- You may notice improvements in your driving skills, allowing you to move around more easily (21).
- Suffering from memory lapses and having trouble concentrating or paying attention are common symptoms of sleep apnea that can affect your private and professional life. These symptoms may be alleviated if the patient uses their CPAP equipment regularly (20, 22, 23).
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