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[-] alice +0 points · about 2 months ago

I do. Back then I was working with essays 24 and I was working late nights. So of course I started having troubles with sleep. Then I went back to school and was missing a lot cuz of my broken sleep schedule. I decided to start this sleep correction course and in 2-3 weeks of meditation and course I could sleep through almost all night

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[-] KindRubyCattle5117 +0 points · about 1 month ago

I am very surprised and saddened to see so many people having so many serious issues with their therapy. I almost feel guilty I've had such immediate success with it. I have had obstructive sleep apnea for over a decade, I am now convinced, and I have both Atrial Fibrillation and Type 2 Diabetes which I suspect were largely due to this. Unfortunately I did not know the connection until after I had those conditions or I may have addressed it sooner--I thought it was just about snoring and nothing else.

Anyway, I had a sleep study done and was diagnosed with severe OSA. Very severe. Before my second study, the CPAP Titration Study, I talked with a couple friends on CPAP therapy to ask about their experience with it, and how long it took them to get used to it. Both of them said they took to it immediately, right at the sleep lab. I was used to getting up 3-4 times per night and sleeping very fitfully. My second night in the sleep lab, the Titration Study with the CPAP machine, even wired with all that stuff, I slept like a rock! I was using a ResMed AirFit P10 nasal pillow mask (don't know what machine they use), and woke up once at 3:30 to use the bathroom. At that point I switched to the ResMed AirFit N20 nasal mask just because I wanted to try both masks they had. They had to work to wake me up at 6:30! Best night's sleep I had had in years.

I was frustrated to have to wait a few weeks to get my own machine, a ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset with AirFit P10 mask, I have used it every night since getting it, all night, and can honestly say every one of the 21 consecutive nights I have used it, all night, I have gotten a better night's sleep than I was used to getting. I never get up more than once, and on at least a couple of occasions I have slept a full 8 hours non-stop. My worst iPhone MyAir score was my very first night, at 87. The next couple nights were 95-96, and from night #4 on my score has been 97-100 every night. My mask never comes off, I don't have dry mouth, and I only woke myself up once because my mouth was open and the air flow woke me. I took to this like a duck takes to water.

I can't for the life of me understand why it was so easy for me and so tough for some of you, but clearly there are success stories. My two friends I asked about it had similar experiences to mine. I do know because of talking to them I went to the CPAP Titration Test expecting to have a great night. That certainly would not affect mask fit, dry mouth, etcetera, but my only regret is I didn't do this a decade ago.

I thought my sleep lab was terrific, and my sleep doctor, a pulmonologist in suburban Chicago, is absolutely fantastic, and they have a full-time equipment coach who gets everyone set up, I could not be happier with my health care professionals. I wish you all who are having trouble the best of luck. Keep at it!

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Enthusiast

It is an encouragement to hear of another success regarding OSA. My experience pretty much is the same as yours and find it hard to give advice or tips to folks who don't adjust well because I also had zero issues other than finding the right mask (my pressure is likely a lot higher than most at 21/25 on a bipap).

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[-] Wildflower +0 points · about 1 month ago

A few months ago I went to my primary care and demanded a dementia screen after some pretty bad episodes of memory loss. He said I was too young. Passed the test and Doc referred me for sleep study. BEST thing that ever happened!! Never thought my since childhood brain fog, perceived laziness, driftiness and anxiety was anything but my personality. I also thought I was going crazy. Its been 3 months with my Resmed airsense 10 full mask. Down to 2-5 events an hour. Tremendous difference in my life. All of above GONE. I had the home OSA study then went to the sleep lab for a titration. My doc wanted me to just get equipment and try on my own. With the sleep lab's help I have been successfully using my machine all night. The titration i believe made the difference in my success plus the local medical supply people I have worked with. Initially used Apria which were horrible!!

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[-] DeterminedMaroonGerbil2528 +0 points · about 1 month ago

I can't seem to keep my reply open for very long so I will just say 2000 until now I have had so much success with it. Please open your mind. Prepare for success! Let it work for you. No negative thoughts allowed.

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[-] Newoptions +0 points · 21 days ago

If you don't succeed with the C-Pap machine there are alternatives. Most providers will not tell you about them because they don't provide them. One of the alternatives is an oral appliance that you can get from a dentist that specializes in sleep medicine. Another alternative is a laser procedure called Nightlase. According to sleep physicians the CPap is the "gold standard" but there are so many people who can't use it that it is important to know that there are alternatives and where to go to get them. Let me know if you have any questions about either of these procedures. I have had both and have had excellent documented success with both.

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 20 days ago Sleep Enthusiast

I looked at the Nightlase alternative using a google search. The Fontana website wasn't clear on clinical evidence of its theraputic value for OSA. I saw some dentists websites quoting about $600 for each of 3 treatment sessions (3 are a complete course of treatment I guess?). In any case, is there documentation on the effectiveness of Nightlase in OSA treatment? If you had this procedure done, what level of sleep apnea were you prior to this procedure and what was the reduction in sleep apnea events?

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[-] ImaginativeBabyBlueRam1398 +0 points · 21 days ago

Athena, I'm with you on your assessment of CPAP. I'm happy for those who have had immediate success, but I'm not one of them.

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 20 days ago Sleep Enthusiast

Athena posted her negative experiences over 6 months ago and has not come back onto the site since then. If you have issues, why not try and look for a positive resolution by self-education and asking questions? MANY of the posters here on this site have had issues and problems and the ones who have been persistent and looked for answers seem to have a higher likelihood of effective therapy than most. Good luck in your search for better sleep!

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[-] barbz +0 points · 19 days ago

Plus, dealing with sleep apnea is an ongoing journey with bends in the road etc.. I have to say that while my journey has not been as dramatic in its positive results as I would have liked, I did greatly improve. Been using CPAP since 2007. I have a narrow face which limited me. Then I found the Hans Rudolph full face. Things were super for many years until my face started to itch, so goodby to my beloved HR mask.

Then, I had a silent stroke in my brainstem, and this caused me to develop centrals while sleeping. Centrals require a specific type of machine, the ASV which stands for Adaptive Servo Ventilation. What a difference in my sleep. I wish I could say my sleep is perfect now, but it isn't. It is better in many ways, especially if I look at the health options out there for me if I don't use my machine. For me, that could easily be a major stroke!

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[-] CompassionateSalmonEagle3453 +0 points · 7 days ago

I have a success story had. Cpap. And. It bugged me super bad. Was dead tired but one day i got 2 1/2 feet fan and Slept with it next to my bed right by my face and wow it works great i been of my cpap for 3 to 4 years now hope this works for you like it worked for me. You can contact me for my email if you have any questions

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