Yes I take my mask off every night I sleep. However, I never take my mask off when I take a nap. The result of my first sleep study was I had sleep apnea. Before my first sleep study was done, I was waking up with terrible headaches. I snored very bad. The results of my second sleep study pretty much showed the same result as the first. The tech who watched me said I kept my mask on all night. I just don’t know what else to do about it. When I discussed this with my doctor, his reply was “try harder”. I’ve been trying for over three years.
I have been struggling with my sleep apnea for over three years now. I have had two sleep studies done and I am still struggling. I am almost always waking up in the middle of the night with bad headaches. My machine is a ResMed AirSense 10. My settings are as follows:
Ramp time: Off
Tube Temp: 69
Humidity level: 3
Smart Start: On
Climate Control: Manual
I have had these settings for at least seven months now. I have had a few consultations with my sleep tech. He has tried changing my mask, and changing my machine settings. I have asked him for help time and time again. During my last sleep study, I did not take my mask off at all. I am not sure why. I don't know if it was change of environment, or if I was just really tired. I am still taking off my mask every night. If I have to get up during the night and use the bathroom and my mask is off, I put it back on. When I wake up in the morning, my mask is on my night stand or on the floor. My current mask is not a full face mask. It covers my mouth and the lower part of my nose. Most nights I have my mask on from about three and half to four hours. There have been a few nights where I had my mask on for more then five hours.
At this point, I am beyond frustrated with myself. Although I have improved with my sleep therapy, it is not where I want to be right now. All I want is to have a healthy night of sleep. Right now, I am open to almost any suggestion.