I have stopped using this pillow for now. One of the reasons I got this pillow is because I started having neck issues from time to time. I may put the center section back in and try this pillow again but for now I am having good results using a formed pillow with a soft regular pillow on top of it.
One thing I have noticed is if I do happened to not sleep good during the weekend at night and take a nap later I can sleep 2 to 3 hours. For example last night I slept for about five hours, waking up only once. But when I woke up after five hours I got up. Three hours later I lay back down to get some more sleep and slept for three hours and 15 minutes without waking up once. If I don’t get enough sleep during the night and come home from work and want to take a short nap I have to set my alarm clock to go off to stop myself from sleeping too long.
I have had some trouble recently and am doing better now. But one thing has not changed from before I started using my BiPAP. I still wake up multiple times thru the night. Now I am no longer a walking zombie like I was before. But I still wake up every 1 to 2 hours. I usually can fall back asleep, but not always. Sometimes it’s because my neck is a little sore, sometimes it’s my brain thinks my nasal pillows aren’t fitting quite right. But I feel like if I could figure out this problem I would be at a 9-10 instead of 6-7 out of 10.
I recently was able to get sleepyhead and looked at some of my night. I’m not sure what I’m looking for that could be waking me up. My paeans are normally under 3, I don’t think I have a lot of leak. I’m not sure how to post any of my results here but if someone could tell me how I’ll do so. I’m going to start logging what time I wake up so I can see what’s going on during those times but I’m worried about the process of doing that making it harder for me to go back to sleep. Does anybody know of an app that could make that easy?
So if anybody has any advice or experience with this please any help is appreciated.
I am in a much better place since I started using my BiPAP machine, with some rough nights here and there. But this week has been bad. I’m lucky if I can sleep an hour without waking up, maybe 2 here or there. Last night I did my usual starting process. I put my mask on and wore it for about 15 minutes sitting up until my breathing normalized. Then I laid down, I’m a side sleeper and struggle trying to get into a position that didn’t feel like it was comfortable for the mask for breathing. I wake up after about 15 to 30 minutes, roll over to my other side try to get comfortable again, wake up after 15 to 30, rinse repeat. This isn’t abnormal for me to start the night, but usually after 1.5 to 2 hours I’ll start sleeping for 2 to 3 hours before waking up. But lately I’m waking up feeling super uncomfortable in the mask, take it off and start the whole process again.
My Apneas have been below 5 consistently for the past 2 months. My leak is sporadic depending on the night, sometimes having 0 leak, sometimes having in the 20s. But I never wake up with dry mouth or anything to make me worry about leaks. I use the ResMed airfit p10 nasal pillows. I would try to use Oscar but I only have an iPad. I’m frustrated because I feel like I’ve regressed this past week in my results. Is this normal to go thru 5 months in? I’m not sure if I should try something new or just tough it out and see if I get better results.
Oh, I tried brand new nasal pillows and head band but that didn’t help.
If anyone is thinking about getting a pillow I would suggest getting the Contour Products, CPAPMax 2.0 Pillow. I got mine on Monday and I love it so far. Im mostly a side sleeper, some back, and it helps a lot with not pushing on my nasal pillow while I sleep. I took the middle portion out because the full height was to high for me. If you want a long pillow then you might want to go another direction because it is much shorter than normal size pillows.
I guess my machine is working right but it just seemed strange that after 4 months of 4 to 15, and getting into the 20s on occasion, that I would suddenly start having nights with no leak at all.
I have been using my BiPAP machine for over 4 months now and recently I have had some unusual results for my leak score on myAir. I use the Resmed AirFIT P10 nasal pillows. My leak a min score is normally anywhere from 4.5 to 15, sometime getting into the mid 20’s. But 3 times in the past week I have had a 0 leak per minute score. Is that normal or is my machine malfunctioning?
I hope you find something that helps soon. I’ve been using mine for 3 months so I’m not sure I have much to offer you from experience that can help. But if you have tried “every mask out there” maybe the problem is a mental hurdle. Have you tried a psychiatrist or maybe even hypnotherapy to try to get over the suffocating feeling? Maybe meditation before you go to bed? What about some medical marijuana to help you relax before going to bed?
One thing I often have to do when I put my mask on first thing at night is I will sit up and breath deeper to start and start counting my breaths. Then my thoughts will eventually wander on to something else, and before I know it I’m breathing 100% normal and I’m ready to go to sleep. I hope you find something that helps!
I just passed the 3 month mark. I called my medical supply company and they sent me a new mask and heated hose. That seems pretty quick to replace stuff that Is working fine. So how often do you guys replace functional equipment?
I have not woken up without it on but I recently bought some new pillows and was sleeping with 2 stacked that kept my head at a steeper angle. The 2 nights I did this my ahi went from being under 3 for almost 2 straight months to 4.3 and 5.6. Still not bad I know but I switched back to my old pillow and got a .9 and a 1. I don’t know if the angle you sleep can effect your scores or if something else was going on. Strange.