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kd15

kd15
Joined May 2019
kd15
Joined May 2019

I had few problems getting used to the airflow, but I dislike the feeling of wearing it. I have a nasal mask, and it gets sweaty at the seal. The mask also makes it difficult to sleep on my side, which was my preferred position. I'm now, after ~ 6 weeks, able to sleep on my back. I had severe apnea, and while the CPAP immediately reduced my AHI from mid-30s to 2.6 or so, I found the quality of my sleep worse. I used to never feel groggy, but once on CPAP I had to take naps all the time. I'm now more comfortable with it, and I think the quality of my sleep has improved immensely, to the point where I think it's better than it was before, and my daytime naps are down from ~2 hours to about 20 - 40 minutes. But, although I'm more used to the mask, I still find it uncomfortable, and often take it off after about 6 hours (needed for insurance purposes) and go back to sleep. That sleep, too feels better than it used to. I used to have apnea-like events (a snore - snort) even while awake; those went away literally as soon as I started using the machine. I think the pressure from the machine's airflow forced some of the tissues in my throat to retract or something.

Overall, I think the CPAP was good for me, but I'm doing everything I can, lose weight, exercise more, and so on, to get rid of it. I find it uncomfortable, and think I always will. But what I really dislike is the feeling that normal, primal functions -- breathing and sleeping -- are dependent on a machine. It's profoundly disturbing to me.