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Jessica A-M's Comment
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CPAP machines do track usage and hold data. That way a doctor can see if it is adjusted correctly, is being used properly etc. So, you won't escape using it if you just turn it on and leave it.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Daniel's Comment
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CPAP machines do track usage and hold data. That way a doctor can see if it is adjusted correctly, is being used properly etc. So, you won't escape using it if you just turn it on and leave it.

My main question is: Why would someone NOT use it? If it lets you sleep better... ****! Confused here.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Jessica A-M's Comment
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CPAP machines do track usage and hold data. That way a doctor can see if it is adjusted correctly, is being used properly etc. So, you won't escape using it if you just turn it on and leave it.

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My main question is: Why would someone NOT use it? If it lets you sleep better... ****! Confused here.

Well, that's not always the case actually. Some people find the damned thing so uncomfortable that they either consciously or unconsciously remove it. Some people get the perfect setup right away. Others need mask and moisture adjustments, they don't know that the thing needs cleaning so sleep quality is reduced. Wearing something touching their face or blowing air through their nose is uncomfortable. Some people just feel like sleep apnea isn't as dangerous as it is.

Once you get the right machine and setup it's great I've been told and seen.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Daniel's Comment
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CPAP machines do track usage and hold data. That way a doctor can see if it is adjusted correctly, is being used properly etc. So, you won't escape using it if you just turn it on and leave it.

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My main question is: Why would someone NOT use it? If it lets you sleep better... ****! Confused here.

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Well, that's not always the case actually. Some people find the damned thing so uncomfortable that they either consciously or unconsciously remove it. Some people get the perfect setup right away. Others need mask and moisture adjustments, they don't know that the thing needs cleaning so sleep quality is reduced. Wearing something touching their face or blowing air through their nose is uncomfortable. Some people just feel like sleep apnea isn't as dangerous as it is.

Once you get the right machine and setup it's great I've been told and seen.

Okay, thank you.

I never had issues sleeping with the air tubes in my nose, or needles in my arms for days when under going major facial reconstruction surgery.

I suppose it's a hit 'n' miss type deal, and I just got lucky every time. Lol.

Thanks. :)

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Okay, thank you.

I never had issues sleeping with the air tubes in my nose, or needles in my arms for days when under going major facial reconstruction surgery.

I suppose it's a hit 'n' miss type deal, and I just got lucky every time. Lol.

Thanks. :)

Or you just don't have a problem with it in general? N=1 experience. I personally can sleep with an IV and nasal tubing but I draw the line at things touching my forehead. I've got video of my mom that we took for her sleep doctor of her still snoring as she takes the mask off in her sleep when they asked why she wasn't showing compliance on the machine. Not everyone will have issues with the setup but not everyone thinks sleep apnea is a problem either. Various reasons to hate using a machine even if it potentially improves sleep. It's like telling someone to stop smoking to improve health, that's not going to get them to do it.

Sleep apnea is actually a really serious thing. Not getting proper sleep causes a lot of problems.

If you get tested and end up with a machine, get it in the right setup to be comfortable and you'll be happier for it. Keep fiddling with it until you do. Masks and machines can be replaced, some medical supply companies lease different machines for different needs. That along with healthy lifestyle changes will go a long way towards improving sleep apnea or avoiding getting tested for it.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Having worked for Prime, I can say with certainty they do and will test larger folks for sleep apnea. If found, they will require you to purchase & use CPAP machine. If you don't, they will send you home on your own dime.

They do allow for payroll deduction, so you don't have to shell out a large chunk of change (these machines are rather costly so I have been told) to get started.

Ernie

Curious as to what is considered "larger folks". For me I am 6' and about 215. I am going to the gym and trying to watch what I eat. Want to get off my BP meds as soon as possible. Technically I am considered overweight by BMI but of course I have seen much worse behind the wheel

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Curious as to what is considered "larger folks"

If I remember correctly Prime tests anyone with a BMI above 37 and anyone with a neck circumference of 17 inches. I'm gonna see if I can find it on their website.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Here's an article on Prime's website called Prime, Inc. Makes Headway in its Efforts to Reduce Sleep Apnea for Drivers

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Curious as to what is considered "larger folks"

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If I remember correctly Prime tests anyone with a BMI above 37 and anyone with a neck circumference of 17 inches. I'm gonna see if I can find it on their website.

Thanks Brett, currently my BMI is at 29 but I am working on it. May not be off my BP meds before DOT physical for trucking school but hopefully within first year and have weight under 200.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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