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Confessions of a sleep apnea patient
Scott McCown, BHS, RRT | May 17, 2021
Hi! I’m Scott, and I have sleep apnea.
My sleep quality started to decline as I got older, and at some point I started to wonder what the possible problems could be…. I don’t snore or gasp at night. I don’t have underlying health issues. So why am I not sleeping? I thought to myself, “Oh, it’s just stress from work, stress from home or just STRESS.” This train of thought became my justification for not managing my sleep health, and I just continued with my “new normal” of sleep.
My sleepiness got worse.
It wasn’t until I started dozing during meetings, falling asleep while sitting on the couch, and finally one worrisome event when I nodded off in my car at a traffic light that I realized I needed to find out what was going on. That was my “wake up call.”
So I volunteered to test a device.
I work for a sleep medicine company, but I still didn’t make the connection that I had sleep apnea. Or maybe deep down I didn’t want to believe I had it. I didn’t have all the symptoms and risk factors, so there was room for denial. At the time, our company was in its early days and we were doing final testing on some devices, so I volunteered to try one out.
Learning my diagnosis.
So I started treatment.
I saw results.
I’m now a healthy sleep advocate.
Now that I’m on therapy, I’m more sensitive to others talking about their bad sleep habits. Whenever possible, I open up a conversation and tell them my story and hope that it moves them to evaluate their own sleep and consider the possibility of a sleep disorder (which may be something other than apnea).
And having gone through the process of adjusting to a PAP machine, I completely understand the initial resistance and the psychological process you go through to get to where you want to use the device. I understand how people become non-compliant and fall off the radar. But SleepCharge is different from other companies, and I was able to experience this firsthand. We have a care team that works with patients through any ups and downs getting used to the device. And they don’t give up — you’ll go from being a naysayer to singing the praises of the good night’s sleep you get with a PAP.
Stay rested my friends.
Scott McCown, BHS, RRT
Director of TeleClinic Operations
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