I started CPAP treatment 10 days ago and suppose that I was expecting a miracle to happen overnight. My first nights sleep was terrible as I really struggled to fall sleep and continuously had mild panic attacks and had to remove my mask.
Over the next few days I persevered but still found it difficult to fall asleep and when I did manage to drop off woke with very dry lips.
For the last 4 days I've had a terrible cold, runny nose and a cough, I still attempt to wear my mask each night however it's becoming more difficult as every time I cough or sneeze I feel I have to break the mask seal to allow the cough or sneeze.
How do you all cope when you have a cold? I don't want to give up at the first hurdle and am looking for tips to make the next few nights a little more pleasant.
I will have a telephone consultation with a healthcare professional in about 6 weeks time where my progress will be discussed and I would love to be able to say that I have been 100% compliant with the treatment.
Hi dugdale! A couple guesses from somebody who is also new to this. Those panic attacks, are they brought on by a feeling you weren't getting enough fresh air? Do you rip it off and take a big deep breath? It could be because the minimum pressure is set too low. I had that same problem and it too prevented me from falling asleep. Can you tell us what pressure settings your machine is set at and list them in your profile? Also, do you have the option to use a humidifier with your model?
Finally, I can't speak to whether the lack of humidification is causing your symptoms, but if your runny nose is the result of a cold or allergy then you can try a nasal spray like Nasacort before bedtime. I've been having good luck with it keeping general stuffiness down. When I have a full-blown cold I take Claritin (generic) and that does a good job of keeping my runny nose in check. Good luck!
11-29-2015, 12:07 PM
(This post was last modified: 11-29-2015, 12:07 PM by dugdale.)
Hi, thanks for the prompt reply.
Not sure about the panic attacks, I do suffer a bit from claustrophobia which probably doesn't help. Silly that it sounds I find that If I leave the bedroom light on I tolerate the mask a lot better. I have had mild panic attacks when flying long haul and am not in an aisle seat (although only at night strangely enough). I think the feeling of being trapped in somewhere initiates these attacks.
Living in the UK my CPAP machine was provided free of charge however has been initially locked in the automatic mode by my sleep apnea nurse. The initial pressure always starts at 4 which I feel is just a slight breeze tickling my face but don't know the maximum setting. I believe a humidifier is available however wasn't mentioned in my consultation.
I bought an over the counter nasal spray but reading the information slip it warns not to use it if you have high blood pressure or diabetes and I have both so haven't used it yet.
Before starting treatment I would fall asleep in front of the TV every evening and it wouldn't take me long to fall asleep when I went to bed. I haven't fell asleep in front of the TV at all since starting treatment so maybe things are getting better. I also wonder if perhaps I'm simply not tired enough when I go to bed and aren't ready to sleep. I've suffered from OSA for so long perhaps I've got to learn how to fall asleep naturally again.