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SecondHoneymoon

Columbia, SC

Nov 26th, 2017 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After trying to deny I had a problem, I finally had to admit I did. Despite none of the risk factors, except age, two sleep studies convinced me. After much research I bought a machine (almost fell for medical equipment rental - dodged an expensive bullet as it turns out).

I HATE this thing. I've tried 3 different masks but I haven't made it through a full night yet wearing it the whole time. It wakes me up all the time. Just before I got it a friend told me he knew a guy who LOVES his machine, and that he takes it everywhere. He claims he sleeps like a baby. So I actually went into it with a little better attitude at first, but no more.

I don't think I've had a decent nights sleep in the last couple of months. I know sleep apnea isn't good, but not sleeping well can't be good either. (Oh yeah, without it my wife says my snoring has become unbearable.) I'm pretty healthy otherwise.

I've got to deal with this somehow. Any suggestions?

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Nov 26th, 2017 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't know if this will help but my wife uses a Cpap machine. She tried the full mask first but it was uncomfortable. She now uses a smaller thing that fits sort of over her nose with 2 small things that actually fit into her nostrils. No problems for her but this may not work for everyone. I like the Cpap because I can now finally get some sleep (wife snores).

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Nov 26th, 2017 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can hardly take a nap without my cpap. That said, I do not sleep all night. Nature calls. I can understand some people might have problems. I had a friend that flat gave up on one after only two nights. She said it was too claustrophobic.

Attitude towards using the machine is important. I had become so sleep-deprived and non-functional, that I told myself that I WAS going to use it.

That said, your problem could be something with the "mechanics" of using the device.

I assume that the pressure is set to the recommendations of your sleep study. However, maybe a little further adjustment or experimentation might be needed. My intitial setting was 7 (rather low). I discovered that it seemed to work better at 8.

Did you get your cpap online or through a medical supply? Although, not the cheapest, a medical supply can work with you to help you find what works.

You have tried 3 different masks. Were they all the same basic design, or have you tried different styles (full mask vs nasal pillows?

Possibly a change in sleeping position might make a difference.

Hang in there. Good luck.

SecondHoneymoon

Columbia, SC

Nov 26th, 2017 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the full mask, plus one with the nasal pillows. I prefer the latter, but I apparently move a lot, which sometimes knocks them out of position. The disturbed airflow is usually what wakes me up. I have the machine on its lowest pressure setting, which is PLENTY of pressure. Wish I could reduce it a little more. Even with the humidifier I get dry mouth at times (or condensation around my nostrils sometimes, at least with the nasal pillow model). I tried a second nasal pillow mask, but returned it after a few days.

I love sleeping on my stomach, but it's difficult with the mask, even the full one. Hate sleeping on my back, but that's the recommended position.

So frustrating. I used to sleep like a baby.

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Nov 26th, 2017 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I posted this a year ago:

"My wife had a CPAP for a few months. Hated it.

She saw an ad for a mouth appliance, went to the dentist who had advertised it (a friend of mine) and she has been much happier with the appliance. "

Gaukdawg

Ohio

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Nov 26th, 2017 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My wife uses a CPAP and it has been the greatest thing. We both get a decent nights sleep. She has the nose cup and she sleeps through the night. No snoring so I sleep better. I would highly recommend finding a way to make it work for you.

SecondHoneymoon

Columbia, SC

Nov 26th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Henry, but I've been down that road a few times, trying to stop my snoring. "Theravent" strips worked pretty well for snoring, but did nothing for my other apnea symptoms.

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Nov 26th, 2017 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It will take a bit of time. When I first started, I too could not wear it all the time. Took about two weeks to get used to it. Give it time, be patient and realize you could die without it.

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myshka

Canada

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Nov 26th, 2017 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have to go down that road soon myself. I've known for years that I have a pretty good case of sleep apnea But I couldn't see myself trying to sleep with that contraption on my face. I sleep on the side ...almost on my stomach and apparently on the stomach is the worst possible possible position for your back and for apnea.

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Nov 26th, 2017 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My wife and I both are cpap users. I dreaded it when I first got it . I am used to it now and sleep pretty well these days. I dont use the full face mask, but the one that goes over the nose.

Though I was a heavy snorer , the reason I got the cpap was because the sleep study indicated my breathing stopped frequently at night.

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Nov 26th, 2017 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Make sure the humidifier is working correctly or it dries you out. An ill fitting mask or nasal pillow will leak and drive you nuts. I'd rather have a tighter headgear than put up with leaks. The leaks keep it from sealing pressure in and the whole mess is useless without a decent seal. It takes a while to adjust to that's for sure. It helps if you give yourself more rest time too the machine won't fix help you get more rest by itself.
Snoring is just a symptom the real killer is the apnea itself. I've used a machine since 1996. I'm convinced I would be dead by now without one.

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Nov 26th, 2017 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a CPAP with the nose pillow contraption. I have pretty bad sleep apnea.

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Nov 26th, 2017 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"So frustrating. I used to sleep like a baby."

Apparently you THINK you were sleeping like a baby. If you have apnea events, you are actually partially waking up to resume breathing. You just don't remember it.

I hope you find something what works. I'm not a stomach sleeper, so I have much experience with that. Sometimes with the nasal pillow mask, you might need a chin strap to keep your mouth from falling open.

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Nov 26th, 2017 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve used one for a few years. I prefer the nose/mouth mask since I mouth breathe when I sleep. It takes getting used to but I now hate to be without it. Maybe a night or two a year tops. If you fly it doesn’t count against your luggage count so take it with you if you travel.

SecondHoneymoon

Columbia, SC

Nov 27th, 2017 05:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks guys. I know I've gotta get used to it, and I'm trying. Nice to know I'm not alone!

Dadzmad

USA

Nov 27th, 2017 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used CPAP for a few years now, sleep better and feel better. The mask is invasive at first but I got used to it.

The fellow who set me up with the equipment (Resmed) uses it himself. He said the full face mask is actually easier to get used to. And it was for me. What I like about this therapy is the no drugs factor - just a little air.

There is free software Sleepyhead that will read the SD card in the machine and let you monitor the effectiveness of the therapy.

Hang in there

myshka

Canada

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Nov 27th, 2017 05:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

(Excuses for hijacking this thread but I didn't want to start another with the same subject)

What does the sleep-test consist of ? Do you get to use a similar contraption that measures your sleep/breathing habits ? Does this happen over a few days ? I cannot imagine that trying to sleep with a face mask can give a realistic reading of your sleep habits in just one night... it must be hard to sleep normally.

SecondHoneymoon

Columbia, SC

Nov 27th, 2017 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The sleep study I did was a home administered kit, sent by a firm after an Rx from my doc. My doc swears by them, and I trust him. Much better than sleep lab, apparently.

One night, that's it. Oxygen type tubes in your nostrils, and a chest belt are all that's necessary. About $250 a pop, IIRC. I did it twice, with similar results each time.

Billy the Kidder

Westlake, Ohio

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Nov 27th, 2017 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the nasal pillow type with a chin strap to keep my mouth shut. I couldn’t tolerate the full mask and had stopped using the machine for a couple years. I do get a little dry, even with the humidifier. Thanks for the info regarding the software and tha airlines.

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Nov 27th, 2017 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" Just before I got it a friend told me he knew a guy who LOVES his machine, and that he takes it everywhere. He claims he sleeps like a baby."

This describes my wife, she loves hers and she has slept sooooo much better ever since she got it. She doesn't have the full mask, just some sort of mouth/nose piece, and occasionally it gets noisy, I'll hear air hissing out, etc. Usually, all I have to do is change my position, and then for some reason, the air hissing noise stops. Much better than listening to her snore though!
Sorry, I don't have a solution to your problem! She has loved hers pretty much since day 1.

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