A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder in which breathing is interrupted throughout the night. Sleep apnea can decrease your quality of life and contribute to cardiovascular disease and events such as heart attack and stroke.
When you first learn you need to use a CPAP machine every time you sleep, you may feel limited, overwhelmed, or even alarmed about the idea. But once you have the right machine and mask for you, you should be able to breathe easier and sleep better.
Focus on the positive. Using CPAP to treat your sleep apnea will improve the quality of your sleep, and therefore, the quality of your life. You will feel better and be healthier. And your partner will not have to lose sleep listening to you snore, so your relationship may benefit.