Thank you for your post it really encouraged me to hang in there. I am new to a cpap. The machine works but I had such a dry nose and mouth I woke up repeatedly. I found Zylimelts helped my dry mouth. Still working on nasal congestion. Not as tired now and yes I feel like Darth Vader. Great post and all the best to you.
Wow. I am newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Zylimelts have helped with my dry mouth using the cpap immensely.
As a new sleep apnea patient I suggest treating dry mouth, nose and nasal congestion in addition to using a cpap. I awoke so many times during the night with an extremely dry mouth as well as nose when I started using CPAP. Even though my breathing was better there was no way I was getting a good night's sleep. I was exhausted. I was waking 8 to 10 times a night with a dry mouth and nose. My doctor told me it could take 4 to 6 months for me to get used to a CPAP. That was not good enough for me. I could not live with the fatigue for that amt of time. I did research for the dry mouth and found Zylimelts. It reducef by two-thirds the amount of times I was waking up with a dry mouth needing water. There are things we can do in addition to using CPAP that will make it easier. I switched out to a different mask also The mask my doctor gave me kept leaking.
Wow! I wish you the best. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about 2 weeks ago. I clean houses and found that I would be pretty good one day and exhausted the next, barely able to complete cleaning one house or even make it through my day at times. It took going on a cruise with a friend of mine who is a nurse who has a CPAP machine. She said boy you snore loud and maybe you have sleep apnea. It was the same pattern even on the cruise. I thought for sure the nasal congestion, allergies and fatigue would get better on the cruise but one day I would okay and the next day wanted to go back to bed. My experience with a CPAP was kind of rough the first week. I am now doing much better the second week. Had a really hard time with mask fit and mask leaking which mea'nt l had trouble getting a good night's sleep. I changed the mask to a wisp nasal mask. I absolutely love it. It is the one with the fabric head strap. I have the airsense 10 ResMed CPAP that I bought on Craigslist and it is working great. It gives me a score of how well I'm sleeping. There are far less mask leaks since I changed masks. The thing that woke me up probably 10 times a night was a dry mouth and nose. My breathing is better on a cpap. Because of the dry mouth I thought maybe I was opening my mouth during the night but that is not the case. It is the air from the CPAP going into my nose that comes into my mouth that is making my mouth dry. I found zylimelts online. I use one or two in my mouth at night and sometimes if I wake up halfway through the night I use another one. They stick to your back teeth or gums slowly melt over some hours. They are all natural. It is for people who have dry mouth. I find it has reduced greatly my waking up at night. This way I keep water near me at night but I'm not waking up nearly as much. I still get a dry nose even though I've increased the humidity so the next thing I'm going to try it is a few of the nasal things that I've read about like aye nasal mist, etc. I need to research the best one. Slowly my energy is coming back. I do find if I go to sleep earlier at least by 10 or10:30 I sleep better and have more energy the next day. All the best to you and yes I wish there was more information out there. I had to look up a lot of things on my own. While I love Kaise they did a great job with a sleep study and gave me a mask. I had no durable medical equipment coverage so I was kind of was left on my own to find something that worked. Breathe California had a long waiting list for CPAP. I bought mine on Craigslist and saved probably $350.