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My new BiPap Machine seems to be helping with sleeping and is lowering my blood pressure, among other things.

Sleeping with a new BiPap machine for over 30 days now, I realize that I am getting better sleep and also managing to actually lower my blood pressure. The blood pressure monitor I have at my home, is very accurate. It has been realized that I not only benefit from the blood pressure medicine, but an added bonus is that using the BiPap machine every night when I go to sleep at the end of the day, also has resulted in my pulse also being lowered along with systolic and diastolic readings. The first time I was diagnosed with mixed sleep apnea, I was told I have a combination of central as well as obstructive sleep apnea so I was at first provided only a CPAP machine, that had constant high pressure going in through the nose, not the nose & mouth but after further testing some 20 years later by technicians at the UTSW medical center I have been told that the BiPap actually was required to effectively keep the breathing working at the right level and consistency and keep the Oxygen/Carbondioxide levels in check.

So, all those years, on and off the CPAP machine, I was actually not doing any favors for my heart, my brain and so forth because at the time I had used the machine without getting it checked out every so many years to be sure it was working properly and still providing the same pressure.

To be frank about this, I stopped using the nasal CPAP machine for a long time after I thought having lost some weight, I had stopped having issues, but that was not true. The problem with not using the CPAP machine, thinking I am all right without it now, is a big mistake. The person with this sleep apnea condition is unaware on a conscious level, that breathing actually stops for over 30 times every hour and in my case, it was as much as 37 to 42 times per hour 20 years later, after not using my old CPAP machine for about 5 months, while waiting for a sleep study to get a new one, which is what I am now using and not skipping a single night by not using it!

It's like blood pressure pills. If you are told to take one every day, don't skip a dose! If you cut your pill in half you are not going to benefit fully from it. So my advice is to follow your doctor's advice. Take the full amount of blood pressure medicine daily like the doctor says to and use your CPAP or BiPap machine faithfully every single night you go to bed to sleep for the night. If, at some later time, your doctor thinks you can cut back on your medication, that will be his call as he is the one with the knowledge about your health and condition, and you should realize this. I say this because I know some people who not only refuse to use their CPAP machine and flat out just don't use it, but there are some who ignore taking their blood pressure pills regularly. They end up getting higher readings and it all matters. Nothing like blood pressure or sleep apnea is to be taken lightly. It could quite possibly be a matter of life or death for the person who ignores the symptoms and goes through life without proper medical treatment.

Likely it did not maintain proper pressure after using it and not using it constantly over 20 years before the machine died. I could have actually, using the old nasal CPAP machine, been causing my pre-hypertension which would account for the fact that there has been marked improvement over the 30 years of BiPap therapy I am now getting with the new full face BiPap continuous positive air pressure machine. The people over at UTSW are awesome.

I appreciate their efforts towards my health and maybe giving me back a few extra years of living. Better things happen when you do what is needed but I know personally, a few people who have also been diagnosed with sleep apnea who, in spite of being diagnosed and provided a CPAP machine, just do not use theirs and it is a crying shame because they don't even realize that they are putting their life at risk and most likely shortening it.

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MegL wrote on February 22, 2018, 6:24 PM

I am glad your new machine is proving such a benefit to you after having to wait so long for it to be prescribed!

VinceSummers wrote on February 23, 2018, 7:34 AM

You get it. That's good. I never miss a night using mine. I have a full-face mask. Glad you got what you need and glad you're benefiting.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 23, 2018, 8:09 PM

I am so glad I am feeling more like my old self again.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 23, 2018, 8:09 PM

I am also very pleased. My wife also, as she no longer has to listen to me snore!