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Suggest medication for sleep apnea

I have sleep apnea and didn't get a good night's rest last night. This morning my blood pressure was 170 over 105 according to my home digital monitor. I did almost vomit, but it was more like that vomit reflex when you smell something rancid. Should staying home from work to get more sleep be enough to level myself out? I'm 38, 5'10" 230lbs. I don't smoke but occasionally I am exposed to second hand smoke. I drink maybe a few times a year. I don't use any illegal drugs, tend to avoid taking medications at all unless I NEED to and haven't used any OTC like Tylenol or aspirin in more than a month maybe.
Thu, 12 Oct 2017
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It is important to get to the root of why you didn't get a good night's sleep. Is it because the CPAP mask does not fit, is it because the pressure is too high or too low? Or is it due to another reason? High blood pressure is a natural response to inefficient sleep, which is what happens in sleep apnea. CPAP can temporarily fix it to allow you to get better quality sleep, and thus improve your blood pressure and make you feel better. Weight loss is crucial as this is the only way to permanently improve the severity of your sleep apnea.
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