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CPAP Fatigue

So if you know about cpap therapy, you know that it is meant to help you breathe better while you sleep. The goal is that you’d get a nice, full night’s sleep and wake up feeling rested and refreshed.

The reality of it though is quite different. In my case, I don’t know that I have ever awoken feeling refreshed or better than I do without it. I’ve heard of many positive effects that come from using the cpap, but I’m not entirely sure I’ve experienced any.

When I don’t use it, I wake up feeling like crap and when I use it I wake up feeling like crap. I can go a bit further and say that many times I even wake up in the middle of the night because the pressure points caused by the mask make my face hurt. I’ll go to sleep and after a few hours its like my face gets fatigued from using it and I wake up in pain. Sometimes I take it off altogether and other times I try to adjust it for some relief.

I’ve been using a CPAP for years now. Apparently, there are health benefits that are not “visible” or felt. I suppose that it may be helping me in some way that I can’t perceive. The one major benefit to my home life is that my wife and I can sleep in the same bed. Though that hasn’t improved my sex life, at least neither of us ends up having to sleep on the sofa, and that’s a plus I suppose?

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