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How Old Are CPAP Users?

10s
5
0%
20s
93
5%
30s
259
16%
40s
377
24%
50s
439
28%
60s
293
18%
70s
74
4%
80s
11
0%
90s
1
0%
100s
7
0%
 
Total votes : 1559

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby LibbyLou on Tue May 05, 2015 6:34 am

I'm 39 and have just started on CPAP not too long ago, but have possibly had these issues for years now. :?
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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby McSleepy on Tue May 12, 2015 11:45 am

I'm curious to know how old is the oldest CPAP user (at least on this forum). By skimming through this thread, I saw one who has admitted to 83; do we have 84? Going once, twice...
Seriously, just last night I was thinking about how it's going to be (life with CPAP) when I'm much older, like 80s (if I'm that lucky). I have some issues (probably UARS, on top of OSA) and I occasionally wake up from serious effort breathing, my heart racing, and wondering if I was feeble how my body would overcome that. All those dark thoughts coming at night...

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby antdroid on Tue May 12, 2015 1:59 pm

I'm 32 and have mild OSA. Trying out this therapy right now and it's definitely cut out my snoring. I'm still feeling a little tired during the day (better than before), and sometimes even more tired after initally waking up, but more awake sometimes during the day.

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby ClarkK on Tue May 12, 2015 2:41 pm

As a 50 yr old digital marketer -- just wanted to mention the survey is skewed as much by patterns of who uses forums for information vs. users more apt to go to health/medical or manufacture sites for information. I have to believe there are also a high percentage of CPAP users that don't gravitate to the Internet for more information on their therapy -- although they might be frequent users of other aspects of the Internet. I know the Facebook CPAP group I post in seems to have a different user set than I see here or in other forums I participate in.

Regardless of all that, expected the median to be higher here! Have to throw out the extremes highs and lows though -- until someone proves they really are 100+, LOL

As for surveys in general -- they may be skewed -- some may be silly -- but I personally enjoy comparing myself to other users

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby ohdanny on Thu May 14, 2015 10:15 pm

Was just recently diagnosed and I'm 28. If I had to make a guess, I'd say that I might have gotten a diagnosis when I was 22. The last few years have been really hard. I didn't understand what was happening to me and no doctor would take me seriously; just kept getting told I must be experiencing depression or anxiety. The first sleep doctor I saw about three years ago wouldn't even do a sleep study because I'm, as he said, "young and thin." After seeing a therapist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, two neurologists, an immunologist, a rheumatologist, and an endocrinologist, I was advised to see another sleep doctor. The new sleep doctor wanted to do a sleep study, but even he didn't think we'd find anything because he "sees a lot of people my age for the same complaints and usually nothing is wrong." A month later I had a sleep study and I'm told I have moderate OSA.

I'm sure my experience isn't unique, but I've never felt as powerless as I have in the last few years. It makes me so sad and angry to think that if that first sleep doctor had not generalized me, I wouldn't have lost so much. I had to withdraw from graduate school and my assistantship (which paid 100% for my tuition); I lost a lot of friends and a three year relationship because I was too tired to leave the house; and most of all, I lost my dignity. The entire process of finding a diagnosis has been completely humiliating. I wasn't depressed when my sleep problems began, but I can sure as hell say that I feel like I'm getting there after being told I was for years.

If anyone ever stumbles on my post and you're going through a similar situation, do not give up! You know yourself better than anyone else. Trust your gut. If you're having sleep problems and your doctor won't order a sleep test, find one that will.

Sorry for the rant :oops: . I don't know anyone in real life with sleep apnea, so it's hard to find anyone that can relate.

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby La Zona on Wed May 20, 2015 8:31 pm

I am 40, but honestly I could have used a CPAP since I was 25. I just never got fully diagnosed with sleep apnea since recently.

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby tinkerbell72 on Wed May 27, 2015 8:53 am

I'm 42, should have been on one years ago

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby chunkyfrog on Wed May 27, 2015 11:49 am

Any poll only reflects the input of those who chose to vote.
It might be more revealing to check the ages on the birthday list at the bottom of the main page.
Lots of variation there!

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby Goofproof on Sat May 30, 2015 8:02 pm

Six years older than when this thread was hatched.

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby Pod911 on Sat May 30, 2015 8:55 pm

If there are any young people there that are in there 20 to 30 age bracket for real my be we need a group on are sleep apnea stories

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby antdroid on Sun May 31, 2015 12:19 am

ohdanny wrote:Was just recently diagnosed and I'm 28. If I had to make a guess, I'd say that I might have gotten a diagnosis when I was 22. The last few years have been really hard. I didn't understand what was happening to me and no doctor would take me seriously; just kept getting told I must be experiencing depression or anxiety. The first sleep doctor I saw about three years ago wouldn't even do a sleep study because I'm, as he said, "young and thin." After seeing a therapist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, two neurologists, an immunologist, a rheumatologist, and an endocrinologist, I was advised to see another sleep doctor. The new sleep doctor wanted to do a sleep study, but even he didn't think we'd find anything because he "sees a lot of people my age for the same complaints and usually nothing is wrong." A month later I had a sleep study and I'm told I have moderate OSA.

I'm sure my experience isn't unique, but I've never felt as powerless as I have in the last few years. It makes me so sad and angry to think that if that first sleep doctor had not generalized me, I wouldn't have lost so much. I had to withdraw from graduate school and my assistantship (which paid 100% for my tuition); I lost a lot of friends and a three year relationship because I was too tired to leave the house; and most of all, I lost my dignity. The entire process of finding a diagnosis has been completely humiliating. I wasn't depressed when my sleep problems began, but I can sure as hell say that I feel like I'm getting there after being told I was for years.

If anyone ever stumbles on my post and you're going through a similar situation, do not give up! You know yourself better than anyone else. Trust your gut. If you're having sleep problems and your doctor won't order a sleep test, find one that will.

Sorry for the rant :oops: . I don't know anyone in real life with sleep apnea, so it's hard to find anyone that can relate.


I'm glad you found the sleep study useful. I've probably had some mild OSA since I was in my early 20s but never had the urge to go see a sleep doctor til my new gf insisted I not snore. :) It worked. I am finally starting to feel the effects of the treatment after a month now. I think you may be surprised that others are in the same situation and may not know it. I typed CPAP into facebook search and discovered some other friends that were using it since their late 20s as well. I wish I knew about it then, but I'm still young and active. :)

I think I understand you totally though. People ask me a lot of questions that I've told since they relate CPAP with old and/or unfit people, but I'm slim, active and young. so ya.

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby SleepyBear83 on Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:19 am

ohdanny wrote:Was just recently diagnosed and I'm 28. If I had to make a guess, I'd say that I might have gotten a diagnosis when I was 22. The last few years have been really hard. I didn't understand what was happening to me and no doctor would take me seriously; just kept getting told I must be experiencing depression or anxiety. The first sleep doctor I saw about three years ago wouldn't even do a sleep study because I'm, as he said, "young and thin." After seeing a therapist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, two neurologists, an immunologist, a rheumatologist, and an endocrinologist, I was advised to see another sleep doctor. The new sleep doctor wanted to do a sleep study, but even he didn't think we'd find anything because he "sees a lot of people my age for the same complaints and usually nothing is wrong." A month later I had a sleep study and I'm told I have moderate OSA.

I'm sure my experience isn't unique, but I've never felt as powerless as I have in the last few years. It makes me so sad and angry to think that if that first sleep doctor had not generalized me, I wouldn't have lost so much. I had to withdraw from graduate school and my assistantship (which paid 100% for my tuition); I lost a lot of friends and a three year relationship because I was too tired to leave the house; and most of all, I lost my dignity. The entire process of finding a diagnosis has been completely humiliating. I wasn't depressed when my sleep problems began, but I can sure as hell say that I feel like I'm getting there after being told I was for years.

If anyone ever stumbles on my post and you're going through a similar situation, do not give up! You know yourself better than anyone else. Trust your gut. If you're having sleep problems and your doctor won't order a sleep test, find one that will.

Sorry for the rant :oops: . I don't know anyone in real life with sleep apnea, so it's hard to find anyone that can relate.


I totally understand your frustrations. I was the primary caregiver for my Mom and now for my brother both of which struggled to find competent medical specialist that would actually listen. Now with my own health issues I am facing the same thing. Good for you for pursuing it until you got an answer. No one knows our bodies like us. I don't care if it takes a 2nd or a 52nd opinion we should all listen to our bodies!

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby SleepyBear83 on Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:22 am

32 here and hoping to make it to 102!

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby RogerSC on Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:09 am

Well, according to what I see, there are 6 people here whose age is 100+. Impressive. Reminds me of several years ago when "MySpace" was the rage, and my daughters were young enough that I wanted to make sure I saw what they posted. So I got my own page and entered my age as "99". Some admin from MySpace actually called me on it, I told him to mind his own business, and never heard from them again *smile*.

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Re: Poll: How Old Are CPAP Users?

Postby chunkyfrog on Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:03 am

Ninety-nine probably falls out of most of their spam advertising. :twisted:

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