Thank you guys/gals. I will goggle sleep debt. That was suggested to me by another member. But i should learn the details of it.
Chaddy, sorry you're having such a bad time. As others have said you need to get the leaks under control- there is a tendency for newcomers to wear the mask too tight. Your pressure of 13 is moderate and shouldn't require you cinch the mask down. The cushion should be allowed to "float" on your face. The air pressure makes the seal. The use of mask liners may help- RemZzzs, Pad-A-Cheek,or Quietus liners are all available. You should be using the machine 100% of sleep time or else you will not get full benefits from therapy. A visit to the Sleep Doctor and/or your family practice doctor is indicated. If you have not had a thorough physical with bloodwork there may be another cause for your fatigue. It takes some of us longer to feel better than others, so you just may need more time. Good luck, hang in there.
Hang in there, Chad. I've been on CPAP for about 4 months and I finally feel like I've worked out most of the "kinks" (fingers crossed). During this time, I still had a good number of "Zombie days," horrible fatigue, anxiously awaiting for night to come so I could go to sleep, fighting with despair and depression over feeling like I was never going to feel good and rested again, and feeling like I would just wait for "the money to run out" and become homeless. (I quit a FT job due to the horrible tiredness and moved in with family to support me and have just recently felt good enough to start looking for a job again after 3 years. I finally was diagnosed with sleep apnea in December 2011.) I also got a dental appliance, which I wear in addition with the CPAP and a chinstrap (the chinstrap is especially important with the kind of dental appliance I wear.) I'm hoping the dental appliance will start working in about a month, or at least I'll be able to lower the CPAP pressure.
(04-20-2012, 12:22 AM)chaddy511 Wrote: ... I have a resmed s9 with the humidifier. And a mirrage quattro mask. I have leak rates from 66-110
And i dont know if the AHI scores are reliabe. AHI scores from 3-7 lately. But leakin. I bought a recliner yestertar to try sleeping in a upright position.
Hi chaddy511. Sorry for the problems you are facing. I have basically the same cpap setup you do, other than mine is an auto. Same mask, about which you inquired regarding the leaks. It took a while (several weeks) before I got the leaks down from the area you describe and I experienced. There are several things to look for: (1) avoid any oily buildup on skin or mask (I use mask wipes sold for the purpose daily, with a full wash in warm soapy water weekly) and my skin is not oily. If yours is, wash before going to bed; (2) don't believe everything you read about the mask "floating" on your face. It took awhile before I strapped it down tight enough to work; (3) when on your face at night, both at the beginning and when or if you awaken with a leak during the night, lift the mask (using both hands) straight off from your face, which with my strap tightness is about 1/4", and let the air blow the seal into a contour on your face. Takes about 1-2 sec. Oh yes, mask tightness. I can *barely* slid two fingers between my strap and cheek on the bottom strap. I realize this may sound confusing, but I hope it helps. And until the doc recently got my pressure over 18 (I am now averaging 19), this worked like a charm.
Breathing keeps you alive. And PAP helps keep you breathing!