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ShiftWorker
Joined Dec 2016
ShiftWorker
Joined Dec 2016

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FearlessBlue, I am going through the compliance issue now. One of my biggest problems is that it usually takes me 7 hours to get 3 hours of sleep, i have the type of insomnia that wont let me go to sleep. I know that my health has taken a big hit because of non compliance with treatment, and I am tired most of the time with no energy. I have talked with my Sleep Doctor about the insomnia and we think that it is caused by apnea itself, my brain knows or has been trained for many years that if I go to sleep, I will soon wake in an oxygen starved panic. It is difficult for me to lay in my bed for three or four hours wearing a mask attached to a tube and not fall to sleep.

Following good sleep hygiene practice says to not stay in bed for hours if one cannot go to sleep, that one should get out of bed and sit and read or do something other then lay uncomfortably in bed while not sleeping. This is my dilemma, if I can use my machine for three hours a night, I wake feeling great, most of the time, suggesting treatment is working. If, in time, the hours do not get longer, I will be considered non-compliant and will lose insurance coverage for my expensive ASV machine, even though the time that I am using it is resulting in much improved and desired outcomes.

As mentioned above, not only do I not normally go to sleep, the plastic alien octopus strapped on my face and its hose, that needs constant management, make things more difficult. I woke the other day, except for the massive pressure in my chest (that is what it seemed to be) was extremely painful, I had swallowed lots of air so I needed to belch, big loud belch, I felt great after the pressure was gone. I know this will work for me, after getting used to all the normal things that people need to adjust to. I just hope I can become compliant (In my insurance companies eyes) long enough that I may actually get, at some point, a normal 7 to 8 hours of sleep!

I also know that, for many people, it is not just a comfort issue. Some get claustrophobic and anxiety issues give them grief, that some meds used to treat these problems cause problems of their own. There is no one size fits all in many cases.

Good luck with your project. Robert.