Re: Sleep Apnea and CPAP machines
Meant to pop in here first thing this morning. Clothes dryer was squealing after breakfast and I spent the day taking that all apart and lubeing bearings. It made it 2 loads then failed again with a burning rubber smell. Time for a new dryer.
I am using a ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset CPAP machine. If I understand it, the autoset means it is suppose to sense your breathing pattern and match to it. To me it seems to be trying to increase my breathing rate. Takes a long time for me to fall asleep.
At first I tried a nasal pillow mask that fits under your nose. Headset had 2 pillows that bumped up against my nostrils. Had 2 tubes that ran up the sides of my face and the hose connection was on top of my head.(That was a plus) Had straps that connected to the 2 tubes, went around the back of my head, and held it in place.
With that on when I needed a deep breath I could not seem to get enough air through my nose, I'd open my mouth to breath in and the air pressure would rush out. Did not allow me to breath in through my mouth at all. Could only take about 15 to 20 min of fighting that, then I'd panic and rip the headset off.
So I switched over to a mask that covers nose and mouth, with hose connection out the front of the mask.
If I feel the need to breath deep I can breath in through my mouth. But still always feel like I can not get a good deep breath when the pressure is on. Then I panic and take the mask off.
Clostriphobia sets in and I fear putting the mask back on.
Also what I am running into now is I show about 17 - 20 events an hour.
Each event calls for the air pressure to go up. When the air pressure goes up, I wake up. So I wake up every 2 or 3 minutes. After awhile of that, I pack it in and take the mask off, usually after having it on for only an hour or less. Maybe I get it back on when I wake up later and make another go of it.
Once I kept it on for an hour and 45 min, during a nap in the day time. Otherwise an hour is about all I can take.
Not sure how a person gets any sleep if the machine wakes them up every 2 to 3 min.
As far as the sleep center Dr. I left 2 msg last week, just to see what he had to say. No call back.
Tech at the medical equipment place keeps telling me "You will get use to it". But how?
Maybe I will but seems impossible at this point.
Thebeerman: Thanks for the reply
Dad0850: I am increasing ramp up time to 20 min. See if that lets me get into a deeper sleep before the higher pressure starts.
Grandpajay : Between 20 and 30 events per hour they refer to as medium level.
I sit quietly for a few min before putting the mask on. Let my breathing rate come down a bit.
Still having to sleep in the recliner. If I try laying down my nose stuffs up which adds to the problem.
I go to bed with my wife, then get up in an hour or so and go out to the chair.
Thanks for all the responses. Seems some people do get use to it. Maybe there is hope for me to get use to it too.
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