"Sex and the CPAP"
Many people who say no to the very thought of using a CPAP do so because they are afraid of how it will affect their interpersonal lives--their relationships and their sex life. They may feel uncomfortable bringing up this issue with their doctors, so this article addresses the facts and the psychology of this subject from a patient's perspective.
Untreated apnea is likely to result in fatigue, daytime sleepiness, snoring, memory loss, depression, GERD, increased nighttime urination, hypertension, weight gain and risk of heart attack or stroke. It can also cause impotence in men and low libido and sex drive in both men and women. The truth is, untreated apnea rarely gets better; it worsens. On a day-to-day basis, it negatively impacts your energy, mood, memory and overall health. CPAP therapy can result in renewed energy.
When the author of the article blurted out her concerns about sex to her doctor when she was first diagnosed, he told her that her sex life would probably improve. He pointed out that you don't have sex wearing the mask. You use the equipment when it's time for sleep, after the romance.
For those who are concerned about the looks of a medical device on their night stand, the modern units look anything but medical. (Some even have alarm clocks that wake you up to the song of your choice!)
What is unattractive is sleeping next to someone who snores loudly all night long. CPAP therapy stops the snoring and gives a peaceful night's sleep to both of you.
A healthy relationship is a partnership that should include honesty, mutual respect, understanding, consideration and support.