For a little under a year now I have been back and forth to the doctors after my other half insisted that I go, she was concerned with the fact that I would stop breathing during the night and then gasp for breath. This along with waking up with headaches once or twice a month (like a hangover except without the fun evening beforehand) not to mention constant snoring.
I had explained to the doctor that I have also trouble with my hearing in that I have to pop my ears usually every few hours or my hearing really quietens down (after popping them it fine again for a few hours), enlarged tonsils and uvula.
He eventually gave a diagnosis of OSA, and I was told that I would need CPAP therapy. Doing some research of my own into OSA, the main complaint is usually that one would feel quite tired throughout the day, however in my case I feel fine in the day, I wouldn't say that i am particularly tired, i mean I have no trouble driving 500 miles to see family, then going out for an evening meal. My usual daily routine is get up at 6, get dressed and head to the gym for an hour or so before starting my day at work (as a software developer), I have no problem with concentration.
Anyway, to move the story on a little, I was given my CPAP machine yesterday (ResMed AirSense 10) and full face mask (I am a mouth breather) and had it all set up correctly. Last night was my first night with it and I can honestly say without any question that it was my worst night sleep I have EVER had! firstly it took me almost 4 hours to fall asleep (usually i'm out within 15 mins of getting into bed), when i did finally get to sleep, I got about 4 hours sleep and now (morning, typing this) I feel exhausted (i dont usually feel exhausted), fell at little bit sick, wolley headed and for the first time in a long time could not even bring myself to go to the gym for my usual morning workout.
I do not feel this is a positive step in my life, in fact quite the opposite.
Just for clarification:
I didnt not have problems with the air pressure, i was comfortable with that (got used to it quickly)
I did not have a problem when the air pressure increased
I did not have a problem with the fitment of the mask (no leaks)
I DID have an issue with the tube filling with water (but i wasnt asleep so it didnt wake me) I just turned down the humidity and increased the tube temp (water problem solved)
I am at a loss, surely this is not healthy? Surely I would be better not using it?
Can i please get your feedback, i dont know what to do!