I am a 70 year old widow starting CPAP therapy for the second time, hopefully successfully. I am looking forward to getting more than three hours sleep a night
I have been on the ResMed Air Source for about three weeks using the P10 nasal pillows for her. I was so hopeful those first few nights - although I was not sleeping any longer, my incidences were low and I was comfortable with the mask. I have had one night where I had about six hours of sleep, waking only after it was light out. Don't think that has happened in ten years. But I am waking with a dull headache and my head feels like a balloon. Could the pressure be too high? I ramp from six to 15. And I can't seem to get comfortable with the pillows. The straps keep slipping up, loosening the pillows, and the skin under my nose is sore. Would a nose mask be better, do you think?
I'm getting discouraged. I think I would have been better off not feeling so comfortable those first few nights. The one good thing, in addition to the knowledge that my incidences are low (about 1 per night), my appetite has indeed lessened considerably and I am getting control over my food cravings, even though my success with the CPAP has not happened and I don't feel more energetic.
Any advice or encouraging words?
I have read about intermittent fasting and tried it a couple of days. It was not difficult to stick to the times but sometimes life just gets in the way - social life. Which is part of what got me in this condition in the first place. I will try that book. Good to know it's on kindle. I have had mine since 2011 and don't read real books any more. I'm spoiled with the comfort and ease. Thank you for your time.
I have heard about the mouth tape and the Sleepyhead software. I will probably do the mouth tape first. That's easy and doable at this point. Will look into the Sleepyhead download eventually. I feel like I'm pretty savvy but one at a time for me to absorb. To be honest, this was the first time I'd ever downloaded my picture! Very proud of myself! Thank you for your time. I'll have lots of questions coming up.
I just started CPAP therapy last weekend. I had a machine several years ago but was unsuccessful. I think it was because I did not have a doctor following my progress. My primary sent me for a sleep study and that was the end of her involvement. Now I think I'm set with a ResMed AirSense 10 and P10 for her nasal pillows. I got my first score of 80, then it has gone downhill to 75, and last night 69. I have not had more than three incidences per night but have had two indications of air leak. How do I fix that? My provider suggested training my mouth to stay closed by using it during the day for about an hour. Any other suggestions?
Another question on cleaning: This may sound like a stupid question but I will probably have a lot of those. I put the hose in the mild soapy water but what about the end with the prongs that go into the machine? I was afraid to get those wet. I just left those outside the sink until I get an answer.
Since my husband died six years ago, I have packed on 60 pounds hoping to fill up that hole. We all know food does not solve anything. Has anybody else had to lose a significant amount of weight when they started this project?
Thanks for all your help. I think it is easier to go to a forum of actual users than call the provider with questions.