Whether you’ve been in a committed relationship for years or you are part of the dating scene, introducing CPAP to your partner can be a challenge. If you use a CPAP machine to treat your sleep apnea, how do you introduce your equipment to your partner?
Keep in mind that your relationship and your CPAP machine don’t have to avoid each other. In fact, they shouldn’t. But knowing how to introduce your machine to your partner can ease the awkwardness. Here are some ways you can do that:
- Discuss the health benefits of CPAP and the risks of untreated sleep apnea : Yes, sleeping with a CPAP mask can look a little odd at first, especially to your partner. But addressing its use as a medical necessity can help you and your partner to view it in the same way you would view any other prescription.
- Take your time: You are on a date, and it is going very well – do you bring up your CPAP machine? Sleep apnea is a medical condition, and you don’t have to reveal your medical issues until you are ready. Wait until the moment is right.
- Treat it with humour: Even though you need your CPAP machine for your health, a little humour can go a long way. When your partner does see your machine, you can both laugh instead of feeling awkward.
- Take it off!: Your mask, that is. Your CPAP mask only needs to be worn while you sleep after all. Let your partner know that even if you put on your mask, you have no problem taking it off when the mood is right.
- It’s portable!: If you want to plan a weekend getaway, look into getting a lightweight portable unit for those very occasions. CPAP and spontaneity don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
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