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How I Live With Sleep Apnea
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When you have sleep apnea, it can interfere with your life. You may feel tired, have a lack of motivation, or otherwise not feel all that well. It’s important to take the time to look after yourself when you have this condition. Here are some things I do that may help you manage your life so you feel better.

Eat Well

A good diet is essential to help you feel your best when you have sleep apnea. Make sure to avoid processed foods, drink water, and eat plenty of vitamin-rich food. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats should be staples. It may also be a good idea to take a high-quality multivitamin. A good diet makes you feel good, and this will allow you to get better quality rest at night.

Exercise

Make sure you exercise whenever possible as this will improve your mood and relax your body so you can get to sleep quickly. It doesn’t have to be strenuous. Something as simple as walking or other light activity can be beneficial. I like lifting weights a couple of times a week and going for walks when I can for energy throughout the day.

Community

Join a community for those diagnosed with sleep apnea. It’s important to talk to others about your concerns or fears about your condition. If you have a lot of anxiety, a good support group can help. You’ll feel a lot better when you express your feelings about your condition. Community sites such as CPAP talk can help you work out your issues or discuss sleep apnea in general with others.

Education

Make sure you educate yourself about sleep apnea. The more you know about it, the easier it will be to live with it. I’ve found plenty of resources online. Make sure you understand your CPAP equipment if you use this sort of therapy.

Use your CPAP Regularly

A lot of people struggle to use their CPAP machines. You need to use this every night to treat your condition properly. Make a point to always use it even if you don’t want to, because they’re designed to help you sleep better. I use my CPAP machine each night knowing it’s going to make me feel better the next day. Some people may use other treatments, so use those as intended for the best results.

Sleep Routine

Try to establish a sleep routine. You want to go to bed at the same time every night and relax as much as possible before you put on your CPAP mask. By establishing a routine, you’ll get the quality sleep you need. Try to aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. I always try to get at least 7 hours each night as this helps me feel refreshed in the morning.

See Your Doctor Often

See your sleep therapist or regular doctor often. These professionals can help you understand and manage your condition. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions about your sleep apnea.

Highlights

  • Have a good diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Join a support group.
  • Get educated.
  • Use your CPAP machine consistently.
  • Establish a sleep routine.
  • Talk to your doctor.

Living with sleep apnea is not as difficult as it seems. Once you go through an adjustment period, you’ll soon see it’s not as bad as you may have first thought. If you take care of yourself, get involved in a support group, and see your doctor regularly, your life doesn’t have to change dramatically with this condition.

 

 

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Brian Lamacraft

Brian Lamacraft

Diagnosed since 2017

Brian Lamacraft has lived with sleep apnea for over 4 years. He is a full-time writer and guitar player. He spends his spare time writing music, going to the Royal Canadian Legion, and having fun camping trips with close friends. He lives in Powell River, Canada, with his lovely wife. Reach him at his website Lamacraft Writing Services or LinkedIn.

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