I have been using my new Cpap Machine for two weeks now and I feel years younger. I wake up before the alarm instead of playing the game of how many times can you hit the snooze. I have lost 4 pounds. I haven't had a nap since (used to be every day). I can stay up late and not sleep the whole next day. I have more energy, I even feel prettier. I am in love with this machine. No more scheduling days off from work just to sleep. I wish everyone who had this problem could know the benefits of this machine.
I am using the profile lite mask with the gel forehead spacer and the gel mask cushion. I went back for a second fitting to get a wider mask because I have problems keeping my nasal passages open even during the day time. So the other mask was pressing on my nasal passages and collapsing them. This new one is wide enough that it doesn't press on them at all. Which one do you use and what do you think of it?
How many days did it take before you felt a difference? Is your sleep more restful, I wake up to go the bathroom sometimes 5 or 6 times a night will this get better? It has been an interesting two nights. My little dog does not know what to think of it all.
I started with the type of mask that lets you adjust by clicking the nose piece the angle of the forehead piece. (forgot the name of it)I was only able to wear it 1/2 the night. But the naps stopped after the second night. Woke up slightly sick to my stomach every morning (thought I was swallowing air)also slight headache each morning right where the forehead piece sits. After 7 days of this I went to make a switch. (The naps had stopped, I started waking up before the alarm and the weight loss all started after 2-3 days. But the nausea & headaches made me not want to wear it all night.)My rep had a little hissy fit when I kept insisting on getting one that she thought was too big for me but, being nauseated and headachy I was *****y enough to push my own desires. Result: Fits fine, no noise,no air leaking out,no pressure on my forehead,and the nausea turned out to be from not expelling the whatever you breathe out. The mask I have now has two little escape valves that I can open. After 3 days on the new mask, everything fell into place. I am using just a disposable humidifier. Works great. The gel makes it more comfortable, and the fit makes it seem like it isn't on. In fact I sometimes pull it away from my face to see if air is on. So I guess my answer is 10 days to totally appreciate it. Did that answer your question?
My mask is pretty comfortable so much more than what you get during the tests. I am ready to start feeling better, in the last year I got a pacemaker a stent and now this the others made me feel better but not good I am hoping the cpap is the answer to my prayers Thaks for your input let me know how you get along. Thanks
Originally posted by sleepynomore: I have been using my new Cpap Machine for two weeks now and I feel years younger. I wake up before the alarm instead of playing the game of how many times can you hit the snooze. I have lost 4 pounds. I haven't had a nap since (used to be every day). I can stay up late and not sleep the whole next day. I have more energy, I even feel prettier. I am in love with this machine. No more scheduling days off from work just to sleep. I wish everyone who had this problem could know the benefits of this machine.
I was just recently informed about this C-pap machine from a local pharmacist. I have an appoint to see a sleep specialist doctor at N. Shore Hospital in Manhassett this week. I understand I will be put for an overnight test at the lab(hospital ?).
You all seem to have had some good and bad experiences. Can you tell me what to expect at this first doc visit. If I'm am given this C-Pap machine, are there any specifics I need to ask for?
About myself, I am 45yrs, overweight by 40 lbs, always exhausted, have been informed that I snore extremly loud-then sounds like I stop breathing (happens thruout the night).
Any advise I would appreciate..
Truthfully, I found it to be one of the worst nights I have spent. They hook ya up to wires everywhere and Then They put this hughe ball of wire in bed with me. I tossed, turned,got wrapped up in wires. Attendants constantly waking me up when they came in because I had unhooked a wire or was laying on a control. I dreamt all night that I was tied up and couldn't get free. It was such a wretched night that I didn't shower, change from my pj's or wash the **** out of my hair or off my face. I just stood up pulled off my own wires and walked out. (After they said the study was done though) Went home, called in sick and slept. Lets hope I am an exception. Plus I smoke and so they wouldn't let me smoke from 7pm to 6am. GRRRRRRR!!! And the thought of someone watching me while I slept.ick! Then they expected me to get dressed in the morning in a room where there is camera. I don't think so. But maybe moose had a better experience. Don't get me wrong it was well worth it. Post your night after you have it this week. I would like to see it. And Moose's too.
A big aman on the worst night of my life. Like you said they hook you up to all this stuff till you feel like a science experiment then they shut off the lights and tell you to sleep. I am a side sleeper so every time I rolled over I would unhook some vital wire so IF I fell asleep you can bet I was doing something wrong nad they woke me up.By the time the tests were done and I was told I had sleep apnea I cried and cried cause I couldn't imagine sleeping like this for the rest of my life. Wll my machine is at home with me and I am not completely adjusted to it but I sleep better than I ever thought I would and it is not the nightmare I thought it would be. Good luck and chin up it's only one night.
You ought to see my little dog when I talk to her with the mask on, all is ok with the way I look to her it is just when I talk she runs all over the bed on and off looking at me like I am nuts. Have you ever just about fallen asleepand had the air blow your mouth open, that is an experience. All in all it isn't near as scary as I thought it would be nor as bad and I can feel a difference already.
I agree that it is well worth it.I saw myself in the mirror with the contraption on and made myself laugh. I am single and my thoughts are "well there goes my love life". I can just imagine myself trying to be all sexy and then slipping that thing on my face.LOL.
My son told me to look at the bright side when I was worried about how my grandkids would react to the mask and he said" they can take you to show and tell" You have to admit you do look kinda like an alien and as a single person it isn't much of a calling card but if it makes me feel better it is all worth it. I havn't felt good in such a long time . I have been through pacemaker placement, angioplast and stent, and now this in the last year I hope it works and I figure it can't hurt me and it does make me giggle.
Laying in bed last night all strapped up, I remembered your tale of how your dog would act when you spoke while using your mask. So, being curious, I spoke out loud and when I heard it I laughed so hard I had to take it off so I could get a deep breath. Thanks for the Laugh, I can't wait until my four year old grandson comes to stay the night.