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Importance of Adherence with CPAP Therapy
Continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP is the most effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It’s important to follow the OSA treatment plan your medical doctor has prescribed for you. Left untreated or without regular nightly use of your CPAP machine, you could be at risk for long-term health problems. Studies have shown that non-adherence to therapy leaves you at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and diabetes. Individuals who use their CPAP consistently report improvement to their overall health and quality of life.
The Risks of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)
Excessive daytime sleepiness related with OSA can impact your health and your relationships. With sleep apnea your ability to get a restful night’s sleep is greatly interrupted when left untreated. You may experience falling asleep when you’re supposed to be awake, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, poor job performance or strain on your family life and personal relationships. Such impacts can affect your overall quality of life.
Safety risks related to EDS can also be a factor. One of the greatest risks is driving accidents. Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car crashes. Impaired critical thinking skills as a result of EDS can also be a problem. Jobs that require the operation of heavy or dangerous equipment can lead to serious injuries to yourself or others. Using your CPAP machine regularly as prescribed is the best way to reduce the effects of excessive daytime sleepiness and experience improved quality of daily life.