I have been using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to treat my severe obstructive sleep apnea with extreme hypoxia since August of 2003. In November of 2006 I was severely assaulted and robbed which added a whole new series of challenges regarding my CPAP therapy. Stress and CPAP do not play well or easily.
Here I hope to relate my experience and much of the research that has helped me find ways to continue to use CPAP effectively.
I hope to start with why we need good treatment for Sleep Apnea
- It’s affects on the brain
- The resultant effects on the ability to work
- The resultant effects on the ability to relate to people
- Other effects on our health
Then I hope to start looking at what CPAP is supposed to do
- The basic theory
- The process of diagnosis
- The process of titration
Then I hope to start looking at what CPAP actually does
- some basic limitations with diagnosis and titration
- additional factors which affect sleep apnea
- how usable is CPAP?
- How treatment is monitored