In contrast to just feeling tired, how likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations? (Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to work out how they would have affected you.) Use the following sleep test scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = Would never doze
1 = Slight chance of dozing
2 = Moderate chance of dozing
3 = High chance of dozing
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This Will Make You Use Your CPAP
Date Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Alan Berger
A recent video from WebMD illustrates the dangers of not using your CPAP if one has been prescribed to treat your obstructive sleep apnea.
A CPAP machine can be a life changer but about 50% or more don't use it even if their doctor recommends it. It's prescribed to help people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which happens when your airway is blocked and you briefly stop breathing while you sleep. The CPAP pushes air into your throat to open up those airways so you can breathe more easily.
John Bruger wasn't so good using his CPAP until he got a major wake up call. He agreed to be monitored overnight in a sleep lab where he could be videotaped. Seeing the video made John realize that apnea is no joke. He says it was a powerful moment in his life and that it made him cry, watching it, still vivid in his mind seeing what his body was going through at night and that he didn't' realize it. He saw himself basically drowning in his bed and it made him determined to fix it.
A CPAP machine is a life saver. Sleep apnea makes you more prone to heart attack or even heart failure. The CPAP helps prevent that. If you're struggling with a CPAP machine yourself, don't just stop using it. Whatever problems you're having, your doctor can help solve them. It takes some getting used to but the payoff is huge: a good night's sleep, more awake during the day and more long-term health.