Some patients with sleep apnea make remarkably well, despite all obstacles and obstacles that arise. Then there are others who delay or refuse to take any action at all. I have noticed 7 common conditions among those who succeed:
They take responsibility for their own health, and do not rely on doctors alone. They surround a team of healthcare professionals, constantly reading and learning, asking questions and keeping up to date with new sleep apnea treatments and research. They are willing to make major changes in their lives, daily habits and dietary habits to achieve set goals.
There are some people who do not want to make any changes, such as eating late or going out 2-3 times a week and drinking alcohol. It's the same kind of people who say they do not have the time to read an important book to help them with. These are the ones who just want a quick fix. They are unwilling to commit to a change of life.
They are willing to pay extra. Unfortunately, the insurance typically covers only the necessary conditions for sleep apnea treatment. The most sustainable drug suppliers will provide a basic model, and usually do not cover any additional extensions or add-ons or a more complete CPAP machine. Dependent on insurance to cover everything will reduce your chances of achieving success. Sometimes you have to pay for a new mask or dental device. Yes, you should maximize your insurance benefits, but you should also not hesitate to go outside health insurance to invest in your health.
Successful people are also willing to invest in gym memberships, yoga courses, books and information products that complement standard sleep apnea treatments.
They take action. The people who succeed have usually tried several different options and have failed more often than once. But because they are persistent and take massive action, eventually they find something that works for them.
There are many patients who examine everything but can not imagine. This is called paralysis by analysis.
They do everything possible to breathe well through their nose. Being able to breathe well through the nose does not help all other forms of treatment options, even if it is not a cure for sleep apnea. Whether it's with CPAP, dental devices or surgery, not being able to breathe well through your nose, it will eventually reduce the quality of your results. By trying and wrong or working with your doctor you can usually find out what causes your stuffy nose and take care of it in one way or another.
Many successful CPAP patients become accustomed to watering their noses with nasal saline. There are different ways to get saline in your nose, so you have to try different options to see which one you want.
They set aside time for regular exercise or relaxation. Paradoxically, exercise is a great form of relaxation. When you take the time to work out, you need to focus on your exercise activities, which forces you not to stress work, life, and other distracting things. Not to mention the cardiovascular benefits. The more advanced individuals discover that active forms of relaxation or meditation help calm the over stressed nervous system or sympathetic nervous system. They exercise routinely yoga, meditation, tai chi, which are all disciplines where proper breathing techniques are stressed.
They join a group of other sleep apnea patients. There is a saying on business, "Teamwork does the dream job." Surrounding with other successful people's perspective helps you grow, learn. There are live groups like AWAKE, or different internet forums and support groups.
They accept sleep apnea instead of fighting it. At some point, all of these habits will be a common part of your life. If you continually oppose it and fight against it, you are always looking for a "bot", you are looking for a long and frustrating battle. If you do not undergo tracheotomy, you will never be cured. Your ultimate aim should be to reach a point where you can work normally, get satisfaction from the work you do, and finally, to enjoy life.