Re: Sleep Apnea and CPAP machines
Life is good. 6 months and 1 day on CPAP and BiPAP treatment. Thanks for asking.
Was having a hard time going back to bed and the mask when I woke to pee after 4:00AM. Just did not want to go though the hassle of of the mask. And I also tended to lay awake for a long time, 30 to 45 min., when I tried it. Usually slept in recliner w/o the mask instead of going back to bed.
Been talking myself into going back to bed every night, and ignoring the siren call of the recliner for the past 3 weeks or so. Convinced myself I needed to.
Once I found I really could do it, get back to bed quick, and fall back to sleep pretty quickly, with in 5 min, it was easier after that.
Usually only up for 10 to 12 min. AHI has been running under 3.00. And I am getting 7 to 8 hours sleep with the mask instead of 5 to 6. Couple of times I slept 9 hours and AHI was under 1. Also notice my IPAP high pressure is running around 22 or 23 when needed. Not going up to 25 anymore. Must mean something good.
Still have a day once in awhile where I feel tired by lunch time, and still do not have as much energy as I use to. But still getting so much more accomplished in a day than I was before BiPAP.
Going to bed at night is much easier than it was. Mask is almost a comfort. I know I will sleep, and wife and I have found a way to be comfortable and be able to touch each other as we fall asleep. I actually look forward to going to bed at night, not dread it as I was doing.
Started to worry about something breaking and not being able to do BiPAP treatment at night. So I also figured out what the insurance company will pay for and how often. Now I have a spare mask, head gear, chin strap, humidify tank, hose swivel and hose. Already used the head gear and chin strap. Still watching Craig's list for another whole machine to buy.
This month I am ordering a new heated hose (Although cold weather is almost over), another mask cushion, head gear, spare Power Supply for the BiPAP machine, and a Chin strap. Chin strap wears out quick where the Velcro attaches. I figure this way if something breaks or wears out I have one to replace with, then order another one for stock. Have worked so hard to get where I am I do not want any set backs. Not sure one or two nights without the mask would set me back much, but don't want to risk it.
All smiles at this end.
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