Obstructive sleep apnea causes breathing to stop and start during sleep, and is often accompanied by loud gasping or snoring, resulting in a poor nights sleep for both the patient and their partner.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

If you have sleep apnea, you may experience one or more of these symptoms [1]:

  • Having a sore or dry throat upon waking
  • Waking up choking or gasping
  • Loud snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness/ fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Forgetfulness
  • Changes in mood

Treating Sleep Apnea with CPAP

Treatment for sleep apnea is often prescribe in the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine during sleep.

While CPAP machines are extremely helpful in resolving sleep apnea, they tend to have a negative connotation and are thought of as bulky and awkward. This can cause the patient to feel unattractive and apprehensive.

To improve the health and happiness of you and your partner, ditch the stigma and start focusing on the benefits of using a CPAP machine.

Positive Impacts of CPAP Machines

Although wearing a CPAP machine while you sleep may seem intimidating, there’s scientific data behind its effectiveness that should not be overlooked.

Improved Sleep For You & Your Partner

The Journal of the National Sleep Foundation recently published a study indicating that spousal support plays a major role toward a patient’s regular use of a CPAP machine. [2]

The study states that 6 out of 10 adults sleep with a partner, and a quarter of those people’s relationships are adversely affected by sleep problems. Often it’s the partner that alerts the patient when something may be wrong while they sleep. They can help make a difference in their partner’s health by supporting and encouraging the use of a CPAP machine.

While prior research only focused on improved sleep for the patient, this study suggests that couples who look at CPAP therapy as a way for both of them to get a good night’s sleep, do better at using the machine nightly as directed. Couples who learned about sleep apnea and treatment together adhered to CPAP use more successfully than those who didn’t.

Communication between partners appears to be key in making a successful transition to using the CPAP machine.

Improved Brain Health & Mood

With the continued use of the CPAP machine, you and your partner can expect to notice the following improvements:

  • Improved memory
  • Improved energy levels
  • Increased alertness during the day
  • Improved mood
  • Reduction of sleep related accidents

Improved Immunity & Wellness

When you get enough restful sleep, your health and wellness will improve as a result. For people with sleep apnea, using a CPAP machine enables you to do just that.

Sleep enhances your immune system by activating great T cell or white blood cell counts, as well as Cytokines. Both of which protect your body against viruses.

Additionally, getting enough sleep allows your body to function more efficiently. While we sleep, we’re producing hormones that balance the important systems of our bodies like the endocrine, lymphatic and immune system. Our organs also work extra hard while we sleep, eliminating toxins and restoring harmony and vitality to our organ systems. [3]

Get a Good Nights Sleep

If you or a loved one are experiencing sleep issues, contact us today! Our expert team can help you get the rest you deserve.

Resources:

  1. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/symptoms-of-sleep-apnea
  2. http://www.sleephealthjournal.org/article/S2352-7218(17)30138-9/fulltext
  3. https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2013/04/benefits-slumber