Sleep Apnea - Is CPAP a Prison Sentence? I know it sounds like a stupid question but I was wondering how you CPAP users feel about having to sleep hooked up to a machine every night. I know I have sleep apnea. I had surgery about 15 years ago to correct some things and it helped reduce the severity of my sleep apnea but didn't completely "cure" me. Time has come when I need to be more aggressive in dealing with this. I'm going to make an appointment with a sleep doctor and I know a CPAP machine is in my future. Convince me that this isn't the end of the world.