I’m scared that my husband is going to stop breathing because he absolutely is refusing to use his CPAP machine. He has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and ultimately I think he is embarrassed of it and he said it is really uncomfortable. I keep telling him about the potential for terrible health issues that could happen, but he doesn’t seem to care. He is also diabetic, which is worrisome to me as well. Basically, when he gets home from work, he falls asleep on the couch for a couple hours before dinner. Then he wonders why he’s up until after midnight? He’s up and out the door for work before 5:00am. Then on the weekend he is so hard to wake up, he would probably sleep for 18 hours if I didn’t wake him. Do you have any advice on how to get through to him? I’m very worried!
– Denice in Oregon
From what you have described, it sounds like you understand the true severity of the situation, even if your husband doesn’t. If hour husband has already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, he should be well aware how this condition left untreated can be life threatening. But there are many people that refuse to wear the CPAP machine because of complaints about the noise and how uncomfortable it is to sleep in.
Did you know that there are dentists out there that are trained to treat sleep apnea. A mandibular advancement appliance may be something that he would consider, if you’ve never heard of this treatment. It is a mouthpiece that is worn at night and it is much more comfortable than the bulky CPAP. This appliance repositions the jaw into a more favorable position that keeps the airway open. It’s definitely worth a try for your sanity and also for your husband’s health.
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