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sleepslug
Unread post  Post subject: Got my machine. Feeling more tired with treatment?  |  Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:40 pm

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PAP Mask: Philips Dreamwear
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Hello,

I just bought my Philips Dreamstation on Saturday (Dec 9/17). I've been doing my best to get at least 4 hours of treatment a night. However, I find that even though I have a "good" night sleep (my definition of that is going to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep, and not waking up a pile of times) I'm feeling almost more tired on the cpap when without it. Just from some searching online I can see other people experience that but I'm curious how long that might last, and if it's just my body adapting to having a leaf blower on my face.

My pressure levels aren't high. Usually it's around 7 or 8. I downloaded Sleepyhead, but I'm not sure what I should screenshot to share. I'll just share what shows before I scroll down. The sleep tech/machine sales person says my data looks "good" and it looks like the machine is resolving the apnea issue bringing me down from 17-25 without treatment to under 5.

Any tips, advice... what to expect? It just seems weird I feel more rested when I don't use the cpap.

Thanks!


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TheLankyLefty
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Got my machine. Feeling more tired with treatment?  |  Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:36 pm
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That's a pretty common thing to experience even if everything seems to be going well. Some people actually have problems that appear to be hampering their sleep. Your sleep (from the screenshot) looks like it's pretty good. Leak looks to be steady and acceptable.

There is a theory about sleep debt that it can take a month to "catch up" on sleep. I buy into that theory somewhat. I also acknowledge that not all tiredness is because of sleep and sleep apnea. Have you had bloodwork done recently?

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sleepslug
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Got my machine. Feeling more tired with treatment?  |  Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:28 pm

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PAP Mask: Philips Dreamwear
PAP Machine: Philips Dreamstation Auto
Humidifier: Heated
Pressure Setting: Range 7-16

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Bloodwork was one of the first things I did. I am prone to anemia but that seems to be under control at the moment. B12 and vitamin D can also be low so I supplement with those.

I was curious if other people got over their initial fatigue just by waiting it out and using the machine as much an evening as possible. I'm probably just impatient to feel better. I seem to be adapting to the treatment quickly though which is a relief because I know a lot of people really struggle at first.

Thanks for your feedback!


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