RE: Cannot sleep
I haven't seen your other posts, so am sorry if I am posting duplicate info...
I firmly believe that (A) our minds believe everything we think to be the truth; and (B) we can brain-wash (for lack of a better word) ourselves whenever we wish to do so.
Meaning that I did the following when I first got my CPAP.
I did not put it on til I had been in bed relaxing for at least 10 minutes.
I never put the mask on until I was ready to close my eyes and sleep.
Due to having a severely blocked nose, I had my ramp turned *off*, so I was at full pressure right off the bat (some folks like having a ramp, not me).
I then focused on *not* mouth breathing, telling myself I would die, breathe poison air, drown, etc if I failed to breathe *only* through my mask.
I kept telling myself that I needed this, that it was good for me, that I would sleep well when using it, that I must always sleep with my "dream machine" or I would die...
It honestly took me bout two weeks to become used to my mask.
I would not take it off, no matter what~! The longer you are willing to go to sleep with it off, the longer it will take you to get used to it.
And yes, finding a mask that is right for you can be very rough~! Personally, I could never, ever use anything but a 'nasal mask' or a full-face mask (when sick).
During this time, I would politely suggest not taking any naps, purposely shortening your sleeping time by an hour or two, and look to create a few "going to sleep now" patterns - creating these will help teach your mind that it's bed-time, sleep-time, etc...
Samples of patterns could be:
Brushing hair for 5-10 minutes
Reading a book for 30 minutes
Listening to a certain type of music only at bedtime
Or, be like me - Walk around the house, make sure everything is turned off, all the doors and windows are locked, dogs have just been let out and back in, fresh water in the dogs' water bowl, brush my teeth, take my night-time meds, add water to my water chamber for my BI-PAP, lay in bed petting my dogs for 10-15 minutes - then if sleepy, lights out, BI-PAP on. If not sleepy, turn on my reading light, sit up in bed, and read for 30-90 minutes, then lights out, mask on.
I am rather an OCD type of guy. I *like* patterns, and they help me feel more comfortable to create and follow them.
A few points that I've either read or heard?
The bed and bedroom is for sleeping - do not do other stuff in there but sleeping.
Wearing certain sleeping garments can help - they are only to be worn when going to sleep.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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