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    Old 06-30-2009, 07:34 PM   #1
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    Anyone else using a CPAP machine faithfully and still not sleeping?

    I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about a year ago. I went to different masks until I found one that feels pretty comfortable. I wear the one that fits over my nose size p. That's the smallest one they make. I adjust the mask quite a bit because it is so close to my mouth, almost on my lip. I still faithfully use it every night. It isn't that I'm not tired because I am. The sleep clinic doctor has me taking Melatonin before I go to bed because I still haven't been able to sleep much. The Melatonin makes me really tired but I told him I'm still not sleeping that much. About eight months ago I asked the doctor to increase the pressure in the machine because I wasn't sleeping very well so he increased it from 13 to 15. It was better some but not great. He thinks that I need less air because I lost weight but I think I need more. I told him I really needed another sleep study but he wanted to put me on a medicine first because he said during the original sleep study I moved my legs a little while sleeping. I don't know the name of the medicine but is a pale yellow capsule I take 2 hours before I go to bed. Another medicine and still not sleeping that great. Anyone else still having sleep problems while on the CPAP machine?

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    Old 06-30-2009, 10:12 PM   #2
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    Re: Anyone else using a CPAP machine faithfully and still not sleeping?

    Are you in the hands of a sleep specialist? A little bit of my own history: I was diagnosed with sleep apnea some time ago and when I first got my equipment, I faithfully wore it, but was exhausted and I am a person who was born with LOTS of energy. After going to another place for another sleep study test, I found that the machine had not been set at the correct level!!! It was originally set at something like four to six and I am now at nine. The higher setting has made all the difference in the world!!! I am no dr., but wonder why your dr. has you taking medicine to help you sleep. Is this dr. a certified sleep specialist?

     
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