Sunday, February 2, 2020

When Your Spouse Gets A CPAP Machine

So, okay, I knew my husband had sleep issues. Some nights he couldn't sleep at all. Other nights he would snore up a storm and toss and turn. I wanted to smother him with a pillow many nights.  Eventually he decided to go to a sleep study and it turns out, yeah, he has sleep apnea. Severe sleep apnea.

He was given a CPAP machine.

I was glad he'd have something to help, but I admit, I worried it would be noisy. Was that selfish? Probably. But I mean, I don't have sleep issues, and I was worried this machine might keep ME up.

But guess what? The machine isn't loud. It turns out what I'd have to get used to was my husband's appearance with it on.



I admit, I jumped the first night because I woke up at 2 AM, looked over and was like,  "Why is there an elephant in our bed?"




The hose sort of looked like a trunk, and when you're half asleep and blurry eyed, well, your mind goes to strange places.

Another thing? I try and remember to give him a kiss BEFORE he puts on the mask. Otherwise I feel like I'm craning my neck to get to his mouth since the suction awkwardly covers a good chunk of his face.

Again, the machine isn't loud, but we do have a fan going on in the room. But once the machine did give out a shrieking sound that made me jump.



We still don't know why it did that. Maybe my husband stopped breathing? Maybe it's possessed? It's a mystery. It hasn't done it since.

Also, listening to my husband talk with the mask on is comical. It sounds muffled and nasally. So we can't have a serious conversation, because then I'll just laugh.


So I'm basically used to the CPAP. I still get startled at night now and again seeing all the tubes (ah! elephant! ah! aliens!) but I'm better.






Does your spouse use a CPAP machine? Or do you?




42 comments:

  1. I can see what you mean about looking like an elephant! lol Glad it is helping him though! Hope you get used to it soon?

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    1. I pretty much am. But it still startles me at night sometimes.

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    2. I pretty much am. But it still startles me at night sometimes.

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  2. I'm glad it doesn't make a lot of noise!

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  3. Oh gosh - what a machine, it's interesting to hear it doesn't make too much noise. I find myself waking up sprawled on my front - guess that would be a no with a CPAP

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  4. It seems like it was a little scary and the fun has been replaced by sleep in most marriages. My husband snores so i hope he does not have sleep apnea.

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  5. My husband has a mask, but it covers his mouth too! I am so glad he has it though, since the noise of the machine is much quieter than his snoring was. Plus, now if he doesn't have it I feel responsible for making sure he's breathing.

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  6. I love the pictures! I recently did a sleep study and may have to get ne of these, so reading your story was very helpful, thanks!

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  7. This is a funny review. Nice photos, too. We don't have a CPAP at our house, but my brother has one and feels so much better now that he sleeps well. Glad they are quieter than they used to be.

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  8. My husband actually did a sleep study because we were concerned he has sleep apnea. He does't but I almost wish he did so that his sleep problems would have been solved.

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  9. This is actually quite interesting as I haven't seen such machines before. Isn't it hard for him to sleep with all those tubes around?

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  10. These things always look so uncomfortable but I guess they really do help people sleep better! It's nice that they're quiet too.

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  11. My husband got one about 2 years ago and I've been sleeping peacefully ever since. If he falls asleep without it on, I always have to waking him (due to severe snoring) and remind him to put his mask on.

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  12. This is actually my first time learning about a CPAP machine. It’s wonderful that this one is quite.

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  13. My husband does not have a CPAP. He does have annoying breathing that sounds like Darth Vader though

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  14. We have a good friend who has to use a CPAP machine. I have heard nothing but great reviews from them about the quality of sleep.

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  15. I can imagine the first time you see him wearing it in bed that you'd feel a wee bit scared! Especially when you're only awake!

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  16. Taking care of your health is most important. If he needs to look like an elephant for sleep quality, so be it!

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  17. I'm so glad to learn that your husband is taking positive action to ensure his health. Two friends of mine and another family member, all males, took sleep tests and were prescribed this machine. But they decided against it, even though their wives all wanted them to use it and take of their health.

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  18. I am sure that’s quite the adjustment. I would have the same worries myself.

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  19. We don't have one and I am surprised at my age that we don't. However, some friends do. Interestingly they talk about all the cleaning they have to do!

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  20. It's great that your husband has found something to help him with his breathing. We have a good friend who uses a CPAP machine every night and loves it.

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  21. I am so glad to know that you have found a way to help him with his Severe sleep apnea. That CPAP machine sounds amazing.

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  22. Things they don't use in Disney fairy tales and what Happily Ever After really looks like in real life. LOL Love you being so open about daily living! It's an adventure!!!

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  23. hahaha, I have such a funny image of you waking up at 2:00 am and being startled by seeing him with it on

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  24. It's a good thing that it doesn't make a lot of noise. I've never known anyone who used one so I just had formed an assumption that they'd be loud.

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  25. My Dad probably needs this. My Mom keeps on complaining about his loud snore!

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  26. Neither of us have used that before, and it does look funny but if it helps him, then that's great. And it's good to know that you're used to the elephant now. LOL.

    -LYNNDEE

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  27. My husband does not have one, but his father did. I think they sound scary in the middle of the night.

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  28. No my spouse and I do not use a machine. I actually didn't know much about this until I read your post. Good to know more about it!

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  29. Both my in-laws use a CPAP and my step-dad does too. That tube definitely looks like an elephant's trunk!

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  30. My mother suffered with sleep apnea and she had to use a CPAP machine but she refused to even using it for any period of time. You are so hilarious about waking up with an elephant in your bed.

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  31. awww omg that's like alot to sleep with!

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  32. I can feel your situation, lol. It's good to know that you are used to it now. May be a better style device would be invented in the future for annoying breathing.

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  33. My husband has a tendency to snore very harshly. We have considered getting one of these.

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  34. I think I would have a lot of fun as well to see my husband in that kind of mask. My fist thought would be also why this elephant is sleeping in my bed ;)

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  35. I can't even imagine. If I ever get remarried, unlikely since it would be my 4th, I'd want my own room.

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  36. It's funny, I know some friends who can't sleep without the sound of their husband's CPAP machine! I think it would drive me crazy!!!

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  37. I'm glad you are used to it now. I have never had any experience with it but it does seem like it needs some time for adjustment, both for the user and the spouse.

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  38. I can see where it would definitely need some getting used to. Your gifs are perfect for this post!

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