Here’s what life could be like after treating sleep apnea.
At Advanced Homecare, our goal is to help patients find the best method for treating sleep apnea. We talk a lot about the options, the causes, and the symptoms of the issue. Today we would like to focus on the improvements that many patients see after following the treatment plans created for them.
Teresa Woody suffered from severe obstructive sleep apnea “which disturbed her sleep up to 64 times per hour and wreaked havoc on her professional and personal life.” (MUHealth.org) Teresa was forced to quit several jobs, including retiring from the U.S. Navy because her sleep apnea was so bad.
After finding the right treatment for her, she was able to sleep through the night for the first time in 13 years. Her energy started to increase and her brain could focus better, allowing her to take on more activities that she was missing.
“She now has the energy to keep up with her nine grandchildren and to make stained glass art.” (MUHealth.org)
Becoming part of your family again
Lack of sleep can lead to mood changes, such as irritability, depression, and anti-social behaviors. Another symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. Each of these side effects doesn’t just affect the patient but also their loved ones.
Put quite simply, if your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it starts to shut down certain functions, and you lose your emotional ability to deal with simple tasks, making you cranky and sad. By finding the right way of treating sleep apnea, you are able to sleep more and improve your mood. Imagine dealing with a toddler’s behavior without sleep and then how patient you might be if you had plenty of sleep.
Treating sleep apnea can build and repair family connections.
Having The Energy To Focus On Your Overall Health
It’s no secret that sleep apnea can be caused by being overweight. A lack of sleep also causes people to be too tired to exercise or cook a healthy meal. It’s a vicious cycle. By treating sleep apnea, you can feel energized to get out more and start to exercise, which breaks the cycle.
Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine recently found that untreated OSA accelerates the biological aging process and that appropriate treatment can slow or possibly reverse the trend. (Medicine.Missouri.edu) The study tracked patients that suffered from sleep apnea and the way their skin aged. They found that treating sleep apnea (specifically with CPAP) allowed the skin to stop the fast-aging process. The fast-aging was “at least partially reversible” with CPAP.
Sleep apnea can be a tough diagnosis to accept, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of good sleep. By finding the proper treatment for you, you may be able to fix the underlying causes and live a healthy, social, and happy life. Get in touch with our patient representatives and get all the help you need: https://advancedhomecareonline.com/contact.