There’s this kid who slept in his bedroom behind a door plugged with blankets, a cassette player with light music in the background, and a pillow wrapped around his head.
That kid was me.
My father had the world’s most deafening snore known to mankind. His bedroom was on the opposite side of our home and even with the makeshift sound proofs, it just wasn’t enough.
A Parent’s Secret, Untreated Sleep Apnea
Months into working at CPAP.com, my mom revealed she and my father had sleep tests over a decade ago and were both diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. Well, like most, they were stubborn to do anything about it. Years of untreated Sleep Apnea later, both of my parents struggle with health issues that may have been remedied with CPAP therapy.
My mother’s assumption behind symptoms of Sleep Apnea was none other than the most obvious, snoring. But, it’s important to note women experience different symptoms than men. My mother woke up with headaches, which actually is the most common sign among women.
I’ve tried reasoning with her multiple times. All she can imagine is a brick that sits on her beautifully decorated bedside table and a large piece of plastic covering her entire face while an excessive amount of air blows up her nose. Well, to that I say…it’s 2014! Lots of things have changed!
Mom’s Concern: The presentation of her home wouldn’t be as fashionable.
My Suggestion: Get one of the Transcend CPAPs. This machine is tiny and can be easily stored in a bedside table and it’s packed full off advanced technology.
Mom’s Concern: Sleeping with something weighing down her face.
My Suggestion: All of the masks from the AirFit line have minimal contact points. These masks are so lightweight, it’s barely noticeable when wearing.
Mom’s Concern: The tubing is ugly.
My Suggestion: Try adding a SnuggleHose cover over the CPAP tubing. (Yup, my mother is always trying to “pretty things up”.)
Mom’s Concern: CPAP isn’t convenient.
My Suggestion: Try the EZ Talk Connector. This tiny attachment would allow you to talk, yawn, or cough without removing your mask.
In the end, all I want for both of my parents is for them to be happy and healthy. I haven’t quite won them over, but I will keep up the fight until they both decide to take action!
Do you have a stubborn loved one who is fighting the treatment of Sleep Apnea? Share in the comments section how you have encouraged them.
Aaron McCann has been working in the CPAP industry for nearly five years researching and learning about the latest and greatest in CPAP therapy and equipment. Aaron is committed to helping the CPAP community achieve better sleep and a better quality of life!