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Sleep apnea therapy

Stories & experiences

Learn from others to make your journey the smoothest it can be

See what others are saying about sleep apnea

 

If you have sleep apnea – or think you might – you’re not alone. Hear from others who have been where you are right now. Watch the videos below to learn about their journeys: getting diagnosed, what adjusting to therapy is like for them and their loved ones, and the life-changing results.
 

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All about sleep apnea therapy

 

Learn from other users about how to make the most out of your therapy and get back to living your life to the fullest.

Starting treatment video
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Starting treatment

Recently diagnosed people share how they dealt with the transition to PAP—and many saw results faster than they thought possible.

Getting used to a new routine video
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Getting used to a new routine

Getting fully comfortable with sleep therapy masks and machines can seem intimidating. Here’s some insight into what has worked well for others.

Living well with sleep apnea video
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Living well with sleep apnea

PAP users look back on when therapy became a familiar—and welcome—part of their overnight routines.

Encouragement video
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Encouragement

If you think you might have sleep apnea, it’s important to take steps to find out. Hear about how you can check with your doctor to learn more.

Sleep apnea therapy on the go

Sleep apnea therapy on the go video
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Travelers share how taking PAP on the road—and through airport security—can be a smooth ride.

Adjusting your mask: how-to videos

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See how to adjust leaks on your DreamWear Nasal.
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See how to adjust leaks on your DreamWear Gel Pillows.
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See how to adjust leaks on your DreamWear Full Face.

Take an active role in your sleep therapy


Sleep apnea therapy can help you sleep better at night and be more active during the day. The free DreamMapper1 app and web-based software works with DreamStation to help keep you motivated.

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Check out our blog for ideas and information about thriving with sleep apnea, so you can easily manage your condition and live the life you want.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of regular usage of PAP therapy?

Most PAP users who remain committed to treatment enjoy:

- Increased energy and attentiveness

- Fewer morning headaches

- Reduced irritability

- Improved memory

- Increased ability to exercise

- Lower blood pressure

- Decreased risk of strokes and heart attacks

- Increased effectiveness at home and at work

- Improved overall quality of life

When should I start feeling better after beginning to use my CPAP?
Most people begin to feel better within the first week of use, though for some people it may take a little longer.
What if I still snore while using my CPAP?
Snoring while on CPAP should not happen. If it does, contact your doctor. Your pressure level might need to be adjusted.
What if I lose or gain weight over the course of my treatment or my old symptoms reappear?
You may need to have your CPAP pressure level adjusted. Contact your doctor.
If I need to be hospitalized for any reason, should I take my device with me and use it at night?
Yes. Also, if you are having surgery, it is important to tell the surgeon and the anesthesiologist that you are using CPAP at home. You should also inform the doctor treating you for sleep apnea that you are going into the hospital.
I just can’t seem to adjust to my CPAP therapy. What should I do?
Most people will adjust to CPAP in one to two weeks. Occasionally, it may take a little longer if, for example, you are very sensitive to the feel of the mask on your face or the sound of the device. Call your homecare provider or your prescribing physician if you continue to have problems beyond two weeks. Ask if you are eligible to try a bi-level or auto-adjusting device.
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References

  1. To see which CPAP and BiPAP devices are available with DreamMapper, visit here.
     

For informational purposes only, not to replace physician's directions.