Retired kindergarten teacher, cyclist, bead maker, turtle farmer, origami and quilling artist.
Check to see if they offer other sizes. I know my first Swift FX came with small, medium and large nasal pillows. Small felt better than medium, but I wondered if extra small existed. I asked, and sure enough, there is such a thing, and works great.
My AHI was 8, some of them Central Apneas. My heart was acting up (definitely a source of anxiety) and my concentration was terrible. The heart problem disappeared and concentration is much better since I started CPAP. My AHI is now just under 1, with centrals making up about the same % as before. So, yes, there CAN definitely be an improvement. Good luck to you.
And I have to cut and shrink my strap to make it fit my itty bitty head.
I hope you are lucky, like me, and it is not difficult to get used to. I can't really feel the force of the air flowing in. But if I pull the mask off before shutting the machine down, the air is really whooshing out. My mild apnea also hit hard in terms of concentration and attention. The improvement there is remarkable.
I had no classic signs of apnea. No snoring, no weight issue (quite the opposite) and did not wake in the night. But I always needed at least 9 hours of sleep. Then the heart started acting up, and apnea was the culprit. Yes, after many tests, unrelated to sleep, a sleep test was the final resort. The apnea was mild/moderate 75% OSA, 25% central. The CPAP has my AHI down to less than 1, 8 hours or less of sleep each night is plenty and the heart problems completely disappeared.
So we are all different in how the problem presents itself and it is worth it to be tested.
Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones, like I was. I was able to try several masks at the sleep clinic, and my pick has worked perfectly ever since. I was comfortable with my set up from the start. Good luck to you.
I have a deep cycle 12v marine battery with inverter, and a small solar panel. Battery alone runs small fridge, overhead light, CPAP and charges phones/iPads for 48 hours. Any longer than that, I use the solar panel to recharge the battery.
Humor in the face of adversity-that's all we can do. Thanks for this.
I clean nasal pillow almost daily with warm water and baby shampoo, clean hoses likewise about weekly. I use only warm/hot water on humidifier weekly as well. Has worked well for me, and have not had so much as a sniffle or cold in the 3 years I have been doing this. (Wow, those 3 years flew by!)
Wheresmorpheous, yes, small, thin people can have sleep apnea. After months of cardiac testing, without finding the cause of the problem, a sleep test was ordered. I have mild SA (AHI 8), but it was enough to destroy my concentration and make my heart act up. Treatment has been successful.