It’s that time of year – cooking and shopping and going out to holiday gatherings. It sure is fun, but it can also get exhausting. That’s why getting enough quality sleep is more important than ever.
If you use a CPAP machine to help address your sleep apnea, you may be inclined every so often to skip using it. After all, the holiday season could make you just want to slip quickly into bed for some sleep. But definitely don’t fall into that habit! No matter how enticing your bed may be, always take a few minutes to set up your CPAP machine for use at night.
You may think that missing one night here and there, especially during the holidays, won’t really make a difference in the long run. But what you are doing is setting up the foundation for the habit of not using your CPAP machine. When you don’t use your machine – even for one night – you run the risk of having a poor quality sleep. As you gradually become more and more fatigued, you can increase your risks for irritability, headaches, forgetfulness, and even more serious issues such as heart attack or stroke. And more immediately, those headaches and fatigue will mean that you will have less fun during the holidays. And who wants that?
So even when you don’t feel like it, always be sure to use your CPAP machine to encourage yourself to be the best version of you any time of the year.
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