Yes, the effect it has is truly life changing. For me, no more falling asleep on the way to work, at my desk or half an hour after getting in from work. Waking up feeling fresh and rested; no brain fog, oxygen debt headaches or fatigue. Days become 6 hours longer (in a good way!)


Omg. This is amazing. I feel like my days are so short. On weekends I wake at 6. Get sleepy around 11-12 and take a nap until 2. Wake and then go back to bed around 8.


This was literally me!! I have “very severe” osa and cpap has wiped out the daytime sleepiness. I would wake at 6, go home for lunch and fall asleep, get back to work at 1 and be dead tired around 6 or 7 again. Now I’m up at 6 and easily go until 10 or so with really no sleepiness. It took me about 8 weeks to get a good 7+ hours of sleep while getting use to the machine, but now I have very infrequent issues. It’s truly a life changer.


I'll only note that for some people, it's nearly immediate, and for some it takes time. For me, it wasn't obvious until several months in, and I could look back and I was no longer struggling to make it through the afternoon, along with all the other things people mention. Point being: it will make your life better, just don't give up if it's not clear right away.


For me the daytime sleepiness is completely gone. I'm pretty much wide awake up until bedtime.


It will change your life to the degree you can discipline yourself to use it.


It didn’t change my life, it restored it. I hadn’t realized how much things had gone downhill the last several years. I had forgotten I used to sleep through the night, I had forgotten I didn’t fight passing out at my desk. I had forgotten driving without worrying about feeling too sleepy on long drives. I had forgotten I didn’t used to sleep away my evenings and weekends. I got about four hours of perfectly dark, silent and complete sleep during my titration study and I woke up just in awe because I had absolutely forgotten what that felt like. The adjustment period can be rough. There’s a lot of little details to dial in plus the psychological element of ahh there’s a thing on my face to get over. I’ve been very happily on cpap for months and I still had a bad experience last week where my humidity settings got out of whack and the clamminess in my mask triggered a bout of panic and claustrophobia I hadn’t had since like, night three. But I just told myself “you got spooked, no big deal!” and gave myself time to settle before putting the mask back on and going back to bed. Little things like that will pop up but overall it’s been a great experience.


Thank you for your story. This makes me look forward to all the goodness that will come from this. Does everyone have trouble adapting? I didn’t mind the mask at all, and thought it was super comfortable and nice. I look forward to wearing it.


Some people have a very hard time adjusting. There are a lot of posts on this sub where people complain about how they haven't been able to adjust after weeks or months of trying. I did not have this problem. I haven't missed a night since I got my machine and overall it's been an incredibly positive experience. HOWEVER. Even if you and I are similar in that we both find the mask perfectly comfortable and look forward to the sleep etc, there's still an adjustment. I found myself doing things like pulling it off in the middle of the night while half awake then fully waking up and going "ugh why did i do that!" and I had a few claustrophobia attacks where I felt like I wasn't getting enough air that I was able to resolve by reading this sub and doing some troubleshooting (turning off ramp and turning my minimum pressure up several notches). Learning to deal with the hose also took some getting used to, that sort of thing. My only wish is that I could use nasal pillows because it's so much less gear on the face, but I am an inveterate mouth breather and absolutely could not tolerate them when I tried it out at my titration study. Otherwise, I find my full face mask perfectly comfortable.


It’s amazing! I’ve been using mine for about a week and finally got used to it. Last night I slept through the whole night!


I loved wearing it during my sleep study. I wanted to take it home and so disappointed I have to suffer until I have my next appointment.


Yeah me too. Im still waiting to get mine I did my sleep study a few weeks ago so it shouldn’t be long now. I got lucky though and a friend happened to have an extra one and a new mask to hold me over until I get mine.


Wow - that is lucky. Good for you!


Yeah! Super lucky becasue that sleep study night was just a tease and I wanted a machine that next day knowing ho much better I felt.


It really can. You have to commit to it. It change my life overnight…literally. My AHI went from 46 to .5.


That is amazing!!


Been on it for almost a year now. I'm not falling asleep by 3, my memory is back, and I'm all around able to function again. It's great.


Hello! I was diagnosed with sleep apnea at 23 and over 50 events an hour. Let me tell you CPAP changed my life! I will say it took about a year for me to notice a difference but I am truly a different person now than I was before CPAP therapy. The life was sucked out of me but now I get to live again. I hope you get to have the same experience. Stay patient and know this is the best thing not only for your physical health but mental health as well.


so glad you have your life back. thank you for your kindness.


For me personally it hasn’t had any effect at all, I’ve been using it for a month, there’s not a single day I feel better and it doesn’t help my sleep at all. I still take forever to fall asleep, toss and turn and wake up multiple times, and no change in fatigue or mental fog for me. Though my OSA is very mild, only 6.3 if I’m on my back (though I’m rarely sleeping on my back at home bc of reflux so it’s mainly my left side). I do have other conditions that cause fatigue/mental fog/memory issues. So I’m mainly using my cpap to show them it’s not my real issue after a couple more months.


I have just started using it for about a week now. I am diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea and have hypertension. I am hoping this changes the trajectory of my health to a positive and help relieve the issues with high blood pressure. I have never felt sleepy during the day before but now I do. My main complaint leading to sleep study were hypertension and fatigue and issues with focus. Not sure how soon one can expect any noticeable improvements.


I’m right there with you. Moderate sleep apnea, no other obvious symptoms other than never feeling rested. Issues staying asleep. Etc. I hope the therapy helps you. I’ve read it could take as long as six months. Just stick with it.


CPAP has reduced my blood pressure so much that my doctor is weaning me off the blood pressure meds. Started out at 100mg Metoprolol daily and down to 12.5mg now. They don't even make it in that dosage, I have to break 25mg pills in half. I'll probably be completely off it before the end of the year.


Yes it will change your life for the better. I have moderate / severe apnea and have just hit the year mark on my cpap! Things have really normalized for me. I used it every single day except for 4 days when my power was out and I honestly have no idea how I survived without it a year ago


Completely depends on the person.


Yes. Two very concrete ways it changed my life: I can lie on my belly and read a book without instantaneously falling asleep. I no longer have to stop every 30-45 minutes during a car trip to take a ten-minute nap.


I sleep so much better and my body just feels less heavy and gross. I won’t put it 100% on cpap therapy because I’m working hard in therapy therapy, but my depression and anxiety finally aren’t controlling me. I really think the deep sleep I’m getting is a big factor in that.


Don't set the bar so high. It does help and it was life changing for me (took a year for full benefits), but modest expectations will help you make progress. The first few months take some effort adjusting to its use, finding a good mask, etc. and that's why you should just keep expectations in check. Your body, especially your heart and brain, will thank you.


Depends on the person. For myself it didn’t change much unfortunately. It’s been a year


Yes it can reduce daytime tiredness a lot but it isn’t a substitute for weight loss and exercise.


I mean, in that having more energy will provide me more effort towards wanting and desiring to work out. I’m not implying my weight will magically reduce.


I'd like to tell you it will but my experience has been shithouse. When I stop breathing, the mask seems to cause me to wake up in a panic removing the mask and reducing the amount of sleep I get and making it harder to fall asleep. I have a bipap so it senses exhalation as well and reduces the pressure and all that but it honestly gets maybe 90 minutes of use before I ditch it. Have tried fiddling with settings and all that jazz but no relief. For some it's brilliant, for me it's awful


Yeah I’m having the same. I’ve woken up recently with the machine putting the pressure up because I’m having an event but I’m clawing to take the mask off… It sucks


Would it be better without the mask part just the tubes and nasal pillows? The unit I got doesn't have a full mask.


I've got mask, pillows and nose mask. All the same to me. I thought pillows would be more uncomfortable but they're not really but I get congested a lot so it's not as viable an option.






For me it was a long time getting used to it. Like years! But I kept trying and now I use it every night. If for some reason I don’t use it, or take it off in my sleep, I can definitely tell the next day. Sometimes I still hate the thing, but I’ve learned how much I need it.


I was gonna say, 'Yes!' Life changing for the much, much better. Too bad Phillips respironics is on major recall for models from 2009- . They may/may not replace by this Dec. & it's quite a process for my coverage to reissue new study, RX, machine. Fair warning! In case anyone else gets a surprise similar to me. 😶‍🌫️


Maybe It certainly hasn’t changed mine


In my experience it’s very rare for a person with severe OSA not to have life-changing benefit from a CPAP. I had an AHI of 67, OSA + central, and it was certainly life-changing.


It depends - if you can get used to it, your body tolerates it and the therapy is effective in reducing your AHI/CAI then yes, absolutely. If even one of those three things mentioned don't happen, it can be a struggle. I'm unfortunately in the struggle range, and am backed with both a care team that doesn't seem to want to help and a machine that I can't get advanced data on to see it for myself. However, I hope it does help to change or at least restore your quality of life. Sleep apnea can truly make your quality of life take a nosedive, so anything that helps your OSA will certainly improve your day to day life.


While I do find that I sleep better and don't wake up feeling sick from mouth breathing... the person who truly benefits the most is my husband. For the first 7 years of our relationship he suffered through endless nights of loud LOUD snoring. The snoring is gone and now we both sleep better. Do I get irritated if I fall asleep without it and he wakes me up to put it on? Sure do, but we both feel great the next morning. Good luck


It should


I posted once here about how it changed my life. Let me try to find it.


I tried to find it under your name but only saw a question about a mask?!


Yeah couldn't find it. I'll try on my PC.


I look forward to sleep and getting up is a lot easier. Before, I was petrified of sleeping poorly and stressed so much I would barely fall asleep. I nay have slept 2 to 5 hrs a night. Now I just feel the air in my airway helping me relax.. I think my body enjoys not being strangled and fight to breathe 15 times an hour.


It definitely changed mine. You will have to try it yourself


Depends. I have been using CPAP for a few months and although I don't feel as tired as I used to I'm still tired and I wake up with cotton mouth. I think it's because my tongue collapses and air isn't getting to my lungs. I'm getting EASE/TPD with Dr Li tre end of the month so that should help with nasal breathing and maybe prevent the venturi effect.


maybe. It can take weeks before you get used to the machine and you might sleep even worse during that time. You might as well start working out and losing weight which seems to be the main cause of your problem.


I guess that I am one of those weirdos who actually likes the feel of the mask on my face. I find it sort of comforting, like the adult version of a security blanket. On cold Midwestern nights, when I put on my mask, and get under 3-4 big blankets, I feel like I am in a big cocoon. The only drawback is that, during the Summer, I do have to keep the house a little cooler than I would like. When the temperature is at its hottest, I would normally keep the house open even when the ambient nighttime temperature was 85 degrees. That temperature is much too hot for me to wear the mask comfortably, so I have to keep the air conditioning at about 80 degrees.


You don't indicate your gender, but if you are male, you may find some improvement in your quality of life in a way not otherwise covered in these comments. At least that was my experience.