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Joined May 2017
Joined May 2017

Dear Friends,

I'm new to this forum and to this topic so kindly excuse me if this has been discussed hundreds of times already.

I was diagnosed a year ago with moderate sleep apnea. Been using the ResMed AirSense 10 with AirFit P10 for Her pillows (extra small) for about six months. I think the ramp goes from about 5 cm to 9 cm in about 10 minutes. I don't understand the reports ResMed sends me but it looks like I have about 2 to 4.5 events per hour most nights when using the machine--not sure what that means.

Long story short (kind of): I feel that my sleep has degraded since I've been using the equipment. I'm exhausted all the time! It's not the equipment, per se; I'm quite comfortable with it before I try to actually fall asleep. Reading a book before bed hooked up to the machine, for instance, is no problem.

These are my issues:

Insomnia: I'm already prone to insomnia and have been waking up three to five times a night for years. When I wake up, exhausted, at 1 a.m., I'm just not inclined to keep the mask on. The only way I can get back to sleep is to burrow my head/nose deep into my pillow (on stomach)--and that means the mask just doesn't work. It's up to whether or not I get those few last hours of precious sleep--or attempt to be diligent and wear the mask. (Another way to get thru the night is to take sleeping pills--but I don't want to rely on those. I use them about once a month when I'm at the end of my wits.)

Side and stomach sleeper: As I mentioned above, I tend to burrow my head deep into my pillow and sleep best when sleeping on my stomach. The mask doesn't work when I do that. (It leaks, etc.) I've been reading that folks with apnea often sleep on their stomachs (before correction with machine) so perhaps this is something I should relearn.

Bottom line? I recently went away for a week without the CPAP machine and had the best sleep I've had in months. (At least it seemed that way.)

I have a lousy insurance program with a doctor who is not a specialist--so I don't feel there's a lot of help to get there.

Any advice?