I started therapy with my resmed airsense 10 and a full face mask which did not fit right and I soon changed to nasal pillows. I hated the machine and pillows and tubes for weeks, but persisted. At about 2 1/2 months, I started to get used to it. With the help of occasional sleeping pills, I started to be able to sleep okay with the CPAP machine. Yay!
Unfortunately, that lasted about 2 weeks. Since then I have been miserable. It feels like my nasal passages are swollen and I can't get enough air. I have increased my low pressure from 6 to 8.5 and my high I've kept at 12. It auto adjusts and usually goes to about 11.5. I am awake often, adjusting and readjusting the nasal pillows and tubing trying to get comfortable. I have tried saline nasal spray and steroid nasal spray to try to reduce the feeling of swelling (and suffocation) in my nose. I also have mild asthma and find my inhaler helps a little bit but nothing helps much and I remain miserable. Some nights I take the damned thing off after 4 hours, which is my insurance companies minimum for compliance.
Let me say again, I was not tired during the day before starting CPAP therapy. My partner was tired because she couldn't sleep with my irregular breathing and snoring, but I wasn't tired. Now, however, I wake up tired and feel like I have gotten no rest. I'm lethargic all day. I teach 2nd graders and I need to be awake during the day and not miserable and irritable.
Why was I sleeping okay for a couple of weeks and then not?
I have an older macbook which does not have an SD slot, so I can't use the sleepy head program to get a better look at my data.
Any idea what is going on and what I might be able to do about it?
I keep trying but I'm miserable.