CPAP My Frienemy: Developing a Good Relationship with Your Therapy

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CPAP My Frienemy: Developing a Good Relationship with Your Therapy

Using a CPAP device may be frustrating to some as they get used to it, but it’s important that you stick with it. The treatment is essential to avoiding complications of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), such as heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and also excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).

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When sleep apnea and COPD meet: Overlap Syndrome

Those with COPD struggle to maintain a healthy balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in their bloodstream during the day. If they also have OSA, this sleep breathing disorder kicks in as soon as they fall asleep, leading to further stresses to their blood chemistry. While the rest of us rely on that nighttime period of consolidated sleep to maintain health and well being, and to recover from the stresses placed on our
systems by chronic illness, those with Overlap Syndrome never catch a break. This explains the term “overlap syndrome.” It’s a way to reference the never-ending challenges of breathing for those suffering from both COPD and OSA.

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