If you've never tried PAP Therapy, you truly do not know what you're missing! Of course, that could cut both ways as you've probably guessed in reading the sections above. PAP Therapy really is a life-saver for a lot of people, but the adaptation process is quite miserable even for many who eventually obtain a great response.
At times, you would feel like the horse constantly striding after the carrot held out in front of your nose, yet never snatching even a little taste of your reward. For some, things go very smoothly very quickly, literally in a matter of days or weeks. Yet, as the complexity of your sleep disturbance increases, the likelihood of a longer adaptation period increases as well.
When I've worked with many trauma patients with insomnia, nightmares, SDB, leg jerks, claustrophobia, and who use multiple psychotropic medications for PTSD, depresssion, and anxiety, the process unfolds over a period of months and occasionally a year or longer.
Did these people believe that the effort was worth it? Virtually every patient who eventually adapts to PAP Therapy, uses it every night, and all night long will report some benefits that demonstrate to their satisfaction their sleep quality was restored in ways never previously achieved with medications, psychotherapy or any other treatment.