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How I Find Help With Sleep Apnea and Why Community Matters
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Many people with sleep apnea suffer in silence. They feel trapped and alone with a condition that is hard to understand or come to terms with. I felt these things all the time when I was first diagnosed. Here’s how a good sleep apnea community can offer you the support that you need.

Ask Questions

Joining a sleep apnea community or forum gives you the opportunity to ask some questions that you may feel uncomfortable asking your doctor or sleep therapist about. These communities are there to support you when you ask questions about sleep apnea, CPAP, or other therapies.

I used a forum to ask questions about sleeping with the mask for the first few nights. I didn’t want to bother my sleep therapist with this sort of question, so I asked in a forum and got some excellent responses. This gave me the confidence to wear my mask at night. MyApnea.com’s forum is good source for those with this condition.

Relieve Stress

When you have sleep apnea, you sometimes want to vent. You can’t do this with your doctor, so a good community gives you a place to express your frustrations with other people that are going through the same types of issues you are.

Whenever I feel down or need support about my sleep apnea, I will go to one of these communities and vent out my frustrations. It helps to keep me from losing my mind when I have a problem that I can’t cope with. Of course, you can speak to your therapist about certain problems, but the sleep apnea community can sometimes give you the support when you need it the most.

Get Educated

A good community can provide the education you may be missing from your sleep provider. While your doctor is a good source of information, you may find that a community forum is even more helpful. You’ll find these forums a good place for tips that can help you deal with your apnea in a constructive way. I found  Sleep Apnea Board is another great community that I like to visit.

You may end up learning new things that your regular doctor isn’t discussing with you. Doctors only have so much time with a patient and often fail to fill in the gaps. A good forum can be a wonderful source of additional information about your condition.

Meet Friends

One of the best reasons to get involved in the sleep apnea community is that it’s a place to meet new friends. It’s difficult to deal with your condition on your own. You may feel anxious or alone when you’re diagnosed. A good community can be a source of comfort when you have those bad days.

I found the sleep apnea community to be welcoming during those first few days when I got diagnosed. The community is there to support you through those difficult times. You will meet new people, and you won’t have to suffer in silence.

Key Points

  • Ask questions.
  • Get stress relief.
  • Educate yourself.
  • Meet friends.

Joining a community can help you deal with your sleep apnea. You’re sure to make new friends and learn a great deal about your condition. I’m glad that I took the time to get involved with the sleep apnea community, as it’s helped me come to terms with my condition, and I’ve met some new friends along the way.

 

 

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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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