What Happens When You Quit CPAP Therapy

Have you been struggling to stay consistent with your CPAP therapy? Has discomfort, dryness,  or equipment maintenance become too much to handle? 

Adhering to a consistent CPAP therapy plan is no easy feat. However, before you quit, it is important to be aware of the side effects of stopping CPAP therapy.

1. Daytime Sleepiness and Lack of Energy

If you stop your CPAP therapy and do not seek out a new form of treatment for your sleep apnea, you can expect to experience some daytime sleepiness and lack of energy. 

Daytime sleepiness and lack of energy is one of the main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Quitting CPAP therapy does NOT mean peaceful, restful sleep. When you quit CPAP therapy, your apneas will return, disrupting your sleep and resulting in daytime drowsiness, headaches, and overall fogginess. 

2. Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

Obstructive sleep apnea increases your risk of cardiovascular diseases like irregular heartbeat, heart disease, heart failure and stroke. Treating OSA with CPAP therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. 

Therefore, when you stop CPAP therapy, you increase your risk of cardiovascular diseases. The cardiovascular side-effects of stopping CPAP therapy will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea and underlying medical conditions. We highly recommend consulting your doctor before you decide to stop CPAP therapy.

3. Long-Term Health Concerns

If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea increases your risk for many serious health conditions. Although a couple nights without your CPAP gear might not seem like a big deal in the moment, adhering to your CPAP therapy is VERY important for your long-term health. 

In addition to cardiovascular diseases described above, untreated obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to type 2 diabetes and hypertension. CPAP therapy is proven to be the most effective form of treatment for OSA. Protect your health and adhere to your CPAP therapy!

4. Mental Health

With side-effects including irritability, lack of energy, forgetfulness, and decreased sex drive, untreated OSA can take a serious toll on your mental health. Many obstructive sleep apnea patients report feeling depressed, anxious, and unmotivated. CPAP therapy helps relieve many of these symptoms associated with OSA.

If you stop using your CPAP equipment and do not seek out an alternative therapy method, your sleep apnea symptoms will return. With these symptoms, comes increased risk for your mental health. Take care of your body and be mindful of your mental health by sticking with your CPAP therapy.

Seek CPAP Support

You’re not in this alone! Many sleep apnea patients experience discomfort, dryness, and  other issues during CPAP therapy. Instead of quitting, seek out a support system of sleep CPAP experts or fellow CPAP users. The issues you are experiencing during CPAP therapy might have an easy fix!

Our team of sleep experts is available to answer any of your CPAP questions. Reach out via email (support@healthsqyre.com), phone (800) 817-7118), or live chat Monday – Friday 8am-5pm MT. For additional CPAP support , checkout some of our educational resources:

Online support groups of fellow CPAP users can also be an amazing resource if you are struggling to adjust to CPAP therapy. Here are some of our top picks:

Alternative Sleep Apnea Therapies

If you have tried troubleshooting tips, reaching out to fellow CPAP users, and reading online resources, but still can’t seem to sleep peacefully with your CPAP equipment, that’s ok! 

CPAP therapy might not be the best fit for you, your sleep habits, and your specific sleep apnea. However, because of the important health concerns highlighted earlier, we recommend finding an alternative treatment method for your sleep apnea. 

If CPAP is not working for you, some alternative sleep apnea therapies include:

1.  Switching to a APAP or BiPAP Machine:

With advanced features and more personalization abilities, an APAP or BiPAP machine might be just what you need to sleep peacefully.

2. Try an Oral Appliance:

Oral appliances are smaller, more portable methods of treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea. If CPAP therapy is not working for you, consult your doctor about switching to an oral appliance.

3. Commit to Lifestyle Changes:

Reducing alcohol intake, making diet changes, exercising regularly, and losing weight can all help reduce the severity of your sleep apnea.

4. Surgery:

There are a range of medical procedures to help reduce the severity of sleep apnea. However, the effectiveness of surgery depends on your personal medical history and sleep apnea symptoms. If CPAP therapy is not working for you, consult your doctor about the possibility of a surgical procedure.

We hope that these points have shown you the importance of considering the side-effects of quitting 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 support@healthsqyre.com.

DISCLAIMER: Always consult a doctor about your CPAP therapy.  Each case is personal and the effects of stopping CPAP therapy will depend on your specific sleep apnea and/or other medical conditions.

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