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 CPAP
You’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 SoClean
A 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 Changes
Lifestyle 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 Daily
If 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.
Step 5: Breathe
CPAPs provide users with more energy, improved concentration, a decrease in blood pressure (and of course, CPAPs limit snoring as well). Your drive to learn more about your condition and proven treatments shows that you’re heading in the right direction and relief is imminent. It might sound simple, but it’s true: take a deep breath and relax.
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