7 Benefits of Sticking to CPAP Therapy
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most effective form of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Although CPAP therapy can be difficult to adjust to, there are many long-term emotional and physical benefits to sticking to your CPAP therapy.
1. Feel More Awake and Alert
Sticking with your CPAP therapy will help reduce daytime tiredness and improve overall clarity. By reducing apneas, CPAP therapy ensures you receive restful and rejuvenating sleep. Being well-rested improves your productivity, concentration, and overall health.
No more afternoon naps or second cups of coffee – stick with your CPAP therapy!
2. Stay Safe on the Road
In conjunction with daytime drowsiness, a common side-effect of obstructive sleep apnea is sleepiness while driving. Patients with untreated obstructive sleep apnea have reported falling asleep at redlights and dozing off on long drives.
By sticking to your CPAP therapy you will be less tired and therefore less likely to get in a car accident. Protect both yourself and your passengers by adhering to your prescribed sleep apnea treatment plan.
3. Control Hypertension
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a lesser-known side-effect of sleep apnea. There is some evidence that CPAP therapy helps improve resistant hypertension. To learn more about the relationship between sleep apnea, blood pressure, and CPAP therapy, check out our blog “Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure: Everything You Need to Know”.
4. Improve Overall Cardiovascular Health
Obstructive sleep apnea is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases like irregular heartbeat, heart disease, heart failure and stroke. Treating OSA with CPAP/BiPAP machines can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. However, we recommend consulting your doctor about how CPAP therapy will interact with your cardiovascular health.
5. Stop Snoring
Loud snoring is a common side-effect of sleep apnea. Snoring can be disruptive to both you and your partner’s quality of sleep. Some CPAP users report that CPAP therapy has helped reduce their snoring. If your partner has a tendency to kick you awake at night due to loud snoring – stick with your CPAP therapy!
Please Note: Personal benefits for reducing snoring might depend on the severity of your sleep apnea and specific type of machine and mask.
6. Save Money
Although CPAP equipment is a big initial investment, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy can dramatically improve your overall health. If left untreated, sleep apnea increases your risk of stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Consistently using your CPAP machine will save you trips to the doctor and medical bills in the future. Save time and money by sticking to your CPAP therapy!
7. Increase Intimacy
Intimate relationships are an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Decreased sex drive is one of the many side-effects of sleep apnea. However, studies have recently shown that consistent CPAP use might improve intimacy and sex drive for men diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.
Although findings are preliminary, if you have found OSA to be invasive in the bedroom – make the effort to consistently adhere to your CPAP routine!
We hope that these points have shown you the importance of consistent CPAP therapy. If you have further questions about anything CPAP-related, check out our FAQ section, or reach out to our customer support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.