Hearing you have sleep apnea can be confusing. With the right tools and resources, though, you can lead a relatively healthy and normal life after diagnosis. Here are the first steps you should take after learning you have sleep apnea.
Step 1: Get a CPAPYou’ll need a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine; a sleep apnea device that requires wearing a mask over your nose and mouth while you sleep. CPAPs use air pressure to keep airways open, allowing you to breathe and sleep easier. These devices are frequently recommended following a sleep apnea diagnosis.
Step 2: Get a SoCleanA lesser-known fact: Since mold spores and bacteria thrive in moist climates, they can quickly develop inside a CPAP’s mask, tubes, and reservoir. To protect yourself from these CPAP bacteria, purchase a SoClean cleaning and sanitizing system immediately after buying your continuous positive airway pressure machine. SoClean units kill 99.9% of CPAP germs and bacteria using no harsh chemicals or water; and, they’re extremely simple to use.
Step 3: Make Lifestyle ChangesLifestyle changes often help sleep apnea sufferers reduce the severity of their symptoms.
- Some people with sleep apnea report exacerbated symptoms when they consume alcohol. Consider reducing consumption or eliminating alcohol altogether.
- If you’re a smoker, a sleep apnea diagnosis is a strong sign that now is the perfect time to quit.
- Being overweight or obese can restrict your airways. If you are overweight, consider committing to a diet and exercise program.
Step 4: Clean Your CPAP DailyIf you use your CPAP nightly, you should get in the habit of cleaning your device every morning. Doing so using a SoClean is easy: simply place your CPAP in the cleaning system (no disassembly required) for 5-7 minutes when you wake up each day and shut the lid. The SoClean does all the work for you and is a healthy, convenient way to prevent CPAP bacteria.