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coachtressa
Unread post  Post subject: CPAP REALLY THIS HARD ???  |  Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:10 pm

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I was diagnosed with mild Sleep Apnea(5.7 events ) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome.I have had a CPAP machine for a month now and have changed masks 3 times already. I cant sleep through the night with it on and I am getting less sleep now then I was before I got the CPAP. Anything else I can do? Does this ever get better? I am so tired, I dozed off at a Stop sign the other day. Thanks, Mike


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TheLankyLefty
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP REALLY THIS HARD ???  |  Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:36 pm
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You can use SleepyHead to check and see if you're on the correct pressure or if you're having a mouth/ mask leak. These are the largest culprits of poor sleep when being "treated".

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Am I the only one that had a wonderful experience on CPAP?


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BillyHW wrote:
Am I the only one that had a wonderful experience on CPAP?
:) It's a good problem to have! Sure, there are plenty.

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Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP REALLY THIS HARD ???  |  Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:21 pm

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I’m in the same boat. 3 weeks in and I am still trying to figure things out. I start out the night with my ffm and invariably take it off at some point, get some actual sleep and then put it back on or switch to my nasal mask. I can get a little sleep with the masks but usually wake up after about two hours. I’ve noticed mouth leaking for sure with the nasal mask, I’m going to try a neck brace tonight to see if that can hold my jaw in place.


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BillyHW wrote:
Am I the only one that had a wonderful experience on CPAP?

Nope.
My first night, I curled up on my side, unfortunately laying partially on my right forearm. I didn't even *move* for over eight hours, I woke up in the same position... my arm ached for *weeks*.... so now I tell people to be sure to get in a good position before they go to sleep the first time.

Since then, of course, I've had difficulties and times fussing with leaks and other stuff like lots of other people do... but still, it's a huge improvement over what my life was before cpap.

Maybe part of the reason for my success was that I started out treating myself... sleep, check data, adjust machine... instead of the typical being run through the grinder of the sleep medicine establishment.

If more people in the industry were like Jason, there'd be a hell of a lot less failures on cpap.

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coachtressa
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP REALLY THIS HARD ???  |  Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:54 am

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I appreciate the replies. I didn't do a very good explaining my situation, the pressure has not been an issue and I only had one problem with one of the masks leaking(nasal pillows) because I breathe through my mouth. I am having a problem with having something on my face then trying to sleep with it. I read to stay up as late as u can then try going to sleep,but doesn't that mess with your sleep hygiene? Also I have tried to wear mask before bed to get use to it,but a month in and I cant stand the masks,.Any ideas? How long did it take for some of you? Thanks


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BillyHW wrote:
Am I the only one that had a wonderful experience on CPAP?


I'm with ya...been on cpap for about a month now...I feel good...I look forward to going to bed now...wife is happy as well...no more LOUD snoring keeping her up at night. Will have no issues with the 90 day compliance, I avg about 7 hrs every night.

I think the key for me was that I was able to try it before having a titration, and knowing what to expect...I was able to try several different masks before being prescribed.....I use and love the Airfit N20 and F20 as my back up. My only complaint about the N20...I wish they would redesign the "exhaust" ports...I wish they were more like the F20.


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MNsleeper
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Do you have any issues with the N20 and air escaping your mouth?


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coachtressa
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP REALLY THIS HARD ???  |  Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:55 pm

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So last night I wore the mask for 7 hours and 2 mins, longest time by far since I have had the machine a month. I didn't feel like I got any sleep, and felt no different then when I don't use the machine. I thought I would feel good and refreshed,how is this possible?I was happy I finally wore the mask for more then 2 hours,but was expecting different results. My EVENTS PER HOUR WAS 2.2 IF THAT HELPS?


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coachtressa wrote:
So last night I wore the mask for 7 hours and 2 mins, longest time by far since I have had the machine a month. I didn't feel like I got any sleep, and felt no different then when I don't use the machine. I thought I would feel good and refreshed,how is this possible?I was happy I finally wore the mask for more then 2 hours,but was expecting different results. My EVENTS PER HOUR WAS 2.2 IF THAT HELPS?
The machine reported events per hour really don't matter all that much. If you look through the data you want to identify specific airflow abnormalities and rapid spikes in the airflow. These can be keys to problems. It can be difficult if you're not used to looking at this stuff, but I have several videos with "sleepyhead" in the title that show you what to look for. Some are fairly recent.

Basically, it's possible that you're not on the correct pressure, or that you have a leak or even periodic leaks.

Another possibility is that there is another reason for your sleepiness that isn't related to some form of apnea.

diamaunt wrote:
If more people in the industry were like Jason, there'd be a hell of a lot less failures on cpap.
Thank you diamaunt. I appreciate that. Luckily we have CPAP users that are extremely helpful in online forums that make up for less than helpful people in "the industry". :)

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MNsleeper
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I’m in the same boat, can’t really sleep with the mask for more than a few hours. I am on my third week and keep trying new things but I haven’t had that full night yet. I don’t really feel too different either. I am at about an average of 6:30 per night. I’m not really sleepy during the day and wasn’t before so I don’t really know if this is helping me or not.


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MNsleeper wrote:
I’m in the same boat, can’t really sleep with the mask for more than a few hours. I am on my third week and keep trying new things but I haven’t had that full night yet. I don’t really feel too different either. I am at about an average of 6:30 per night. I’m not really sleepy during the day and wasn’t before so I don’t really know if this is helping me or not.


Your profile says your pressure setting is 4/20...that may be your problem. If you would download Sleephead Software we could see if there are adjustments that could benefit you.


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MNsleeper
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP REALLY THIS HARD ???  |  Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:06 am

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I’m on the road now but when I get home I will download sleepyhead.


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It took me about two months of using my CPAP before I slept through the night the first time. I have heard others say it took them over a year while others stated they were sleeping through the night from the very beginning. The point is, don’t give up! Try different masks till you find one that works for you. Download Sleepyhead and make adjustments to your machine. Several people here can help with that. Keep plugging away and keep trying new things until you find what works for you. It is totally worth the effort and time in the end.

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I got the software and hopefully this uploads correctly for data from last night


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coachtressa
Unread post  Post subject: Re: CPAP REALLY THIS HARD ???  |  Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:26 pm

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I am not computer savvy, how do I get the data you have on the above post on here for others to look at and help? Thanks, Mike


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MNsleeper
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In the Sleepyhead program you can save screenshots to your computer. Then click the Full Editor button below the message box and you can upload those images and include them inline. Thats all I did.


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coachtressa
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thanks, I will probably still mess it up..lol


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coachtressa
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can I download it on a Mac Book?


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