Majority of my patients feel more alert and energetic when they start using CPAP, but a substantial number of patients do continue to feel “no different than before.” If you happen to fall in the later group, follow these tips and talk to your doctor.
1. Ask your spouse if you snore or stop breathing with the CPAP on especially in the early morning hours. This would mean that the CPAP setting need to be adjusted.
2. Make sure you are using CPAP at least 7 hours every night. Studies by Antic et all published in Sleep journal (Volume 34, Issue 01) have shown that CPAP use of more than 7 hours provides the greatest chance of curing excessive daytime sleepiness.
3. Check with your pharmacist and your doctor to see any of the medications you take for your medical conditions can contribute to your fatigue, tiredness, or excessive daytime…
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