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dkwannabe +0 points · 19 days ago

Hello my name is Chad and I've only recently been diagnosed with moderate obstructive sleep apnea. I've been on a CPAP for 3 nights now. The 1 night was horrible. I believe I only got around 4 hours of sleep. I kept feeling like I was suffocating. Nights 2 & 3 have been a little better. I've slept 6+ to 8 hours. I feel very well rested when I wake up it's just the whole feeling like I'm not taking in enough air through my full face mask. The doctor gave me a medium size mask & I'm thinking coming up I'm going back to ask for a large. From the top of my nose to my mouth there isn't much room at all. It's giving me severe irritation around the bridge of my nose. I hope & pray once I find a mask that works well for me (I know everyone is different) that I'll fully embrace my CPAP. It's just a completely different feeling falling asleep now. It comes with a sense of dread & nervousness. I'm 30 years old and I believe I've had sleep apnea my whole life. I've snored ALOT. They just now said it's a problem.

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theMezz +0 points · about 9 hours ago

You're doing great. I am on night #6 and cannot sleep more than 2 hours Really harder than I thought this would be

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Varmit +0 points · 15 days ago

Hi. My name is Kathy and I'm just over a month into using a CPAP machine. Resisted for quite a while, but even with erratic success believe I am feeling some early benefits. After a good night, my energy lasts much longer through the day and other nice experiences. I've even slept till 6 and 7:30; firsts in many, many years. Most nights, however, I am having difficulties after about 4 hours and haven't been able to find sure answers. Posted a question when first joining and received very clear suggestions, which will be followed through if possible -- we are in a very rural area, over a hundred miles from any substantial urban area.

I'd be interested to know if getting used to seemingly too high pressure is just a matter of time, or is it more likely the settings are not correct. Am awakened by squeaks and squawks plus pressure forcing my cheeks way out/my mouth agape/even hyperventilating. Was told that my setting is variable from 12 to 20 and my first month's average was about 16. Was also told that the pressure should change per each breath. I am not finding this last point to be true. Have worked several times to breath steady and deepen my breathing under the high pressure to get a reduction in the pressure. No success after 10 breaths so have simply disconnected and fallen back asleep without the equipment .

So, hello to all and I appreciate both the web site and all the comments I've been reading through. They have helped my sense of "I can do this".

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sleeptech +0 points · 11 days ago Sleep Commentator

12 is quite high for a minimum pressure. Your machine should have a ramp to make it easier to fall asleep. What model of CPAP do you have?

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lindab22 +0 points · 15 days ago

Hi all - I'm a new cpap user. I'm a 73 yr. old woman who spent the last 2 years going to different doctors to try to figure out why I was getting weaker & out of breath more easily. I finally had a sleep study done & have severe apnea. I've been using the dreamstation with an amara view mask for 2 weeks now. Much to my surprise I find the whole thing pretty easy to use & actually fall asleep faster than without it. Yesterday was the 1st time in many months that I could climb the stairs to my 2nd story without gasping for air. Yay!!!! I hope things continue to improve. I didn't do any research on equipment before they delivered my devices - I was disappointed by the technician who was very abrupt & dismissive. I'm mostly finding out how to use & care for things from the internet. I hope I have the right machine, anyway - just wanted to check in and thank all for the advice given here. - Linda

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wiredgeorge +0 points · 15 days ago Sleep Enthusiast

Many folks have figured out that the durable medical equipment techs are not always helpful or even seem to have any degree of expertise. Some may be great but I haven't come across one. Best to do your own reasoning and research and be the captain of your own therapy. If you take charge, then surely someone (you) cares about your progress. It requires reading (like this forum) and some experimentation to find out what works best.

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sleeptech +0 points · 11 days ago Sleep Commentator

The model of machine you have is largely irrelevant. However, if it makes you feel better, the DreamStation is a very good device.

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