3 Things to Do When Going to College with a CPAP Machine

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by CarePro Blogger

Most students associate college with all-night study sessions, followed by all-night socializing. But for students who have sleep apnea, getting enough rest at night can be a much bigger priority. If you are a CPAP user/student, here are some tips on adjusting to a school with your CPAP machine:

  • Request a dorm room with air conditioning. If you’re attending college in the northern part of the United States, there’s a good chance that your dorm may have been constructed without it. While having AC makes no difference for half the year in northern universities, there are still heat waves during the first part of the fall semester. It’s going to be difficult to sleep with a CPAP mask on those hot nights. You may need to provide proof of medical necessity to your residence department, but it’s well worth the effort.
  • Make sure you sit down with your roommate(s) on the first day and explain to them what the CPAP machine is and what they can expect. If you have a noisier model, they may want to request a transfer to another room, so they aren’t disturbed at night. Remember not to take it personally—they need their sleep as much as you do.
  • Don’t be ashamed of your medically-necessary device. Many college students have never heard of sleep apnea, and your peers are more likely to be curious than demeaning. Remember, you are all in college to learn. Use this as an opportunity to educate those around you, whether it’s in conversation, personal essays or class presentations.

This exciting time of your life is full of changes and possibilities. However, one thing that shouldn’t change is your sleep apnea treatment. Here at CarePro Home Medical, we can make sure that your CPAP supplies stay in great shape throughout your collegiate career.  Contact us today to prepare yourself with everything you need to keep you healthy at school.

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