I picked a koala because it's the only creature in the world that sleeps even more than a cat (judging by the ones at the San Francisco Zoo, anyway). Just a case of sleep envy, I guess.
They look sweet and cuddly but are actually vicious, I suppose it is the same as any wild animal.
Greetings, and welcome aboard. I'm rather new myself, but I'll say what I think might be useful. I've been doing the cpap thing for seven months now. I think it's almost impossible to really know what's going on in the first month. That was a terrible time for me. I also used to pee a lot. I found out it was a side effect from Ambien! I stopped Ambien and it stopped. I still go once or twice, but not as often as I did. If I had even a teeny bit it felt like a gallon. Have you ever heard of interstitial cystitis? It's a bladder condition I thought I had. I thought I'd mention it so you know because it does cause frequent urination. You could still be getting used to having a mask on your face and once your awake going to the bathroom is kind of natural, at least for me. Maybe that's part of it. I say give it some time but mention it to the doctor too. It takes some of us months to get used to this. I'm still not completely comfortable myself and only now am beginning to actually prefer having the mask on. It does happen. We are here for you. Love, DJ
(08-25-2013, 10:13 AM)atk1031 Wrote: I'm still waking up as often as every 45 minutes and rarely sleep more than 2 hours at a stretch. I'm also more tired than I've ever been. Don't know if this is related to CPAP, or if something else is going on.
The CPAP data says my breathing has improved a lot (waking up 4 times an hour, rather than 40), but it hasn't made any difference in how I feel.
Hi atk1031, welcome to the forum!
Feel free to share with us CPAP data of what has been your median pressure, 95 percentile pressure and maximum pressure.
Also, it would be helpful to know the breakdown of your Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI), which is the average number per hour of all apneas and hypopneas combined. That is, what are the Obstructive Apnea Index (OAI), Central Apnea Index (CAI), Unknown-type Apnea Index (UAI) and Hypopnea Index (HI)?
AHI = OAI + CAI + UAI + HI
Your minimum pressure is just 5. It may help to start inching that up closer to your median pressure. If you are not yet using EPR, using EPR can make higher pressures easier to breath against. I suggest discussing these things (raising the minimum pressure and using EPR) with your doctor.
Some folks find they have more restful sleep when their minimum pressure is high enough to stop most or nearly all obstructive events.
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I have had some of the same issues. I have been on CPAP only a 5 weeks or so. As far as getting up to pee at night it's usually once a night now where before it could be 2-5 times.
Hang in their, I'm still learning, fighting the mask, having bad days and some so-so days hoping better days are coming (I think they are). I guess consistant results for me is the hard thing to understand. I do the same things every day and have so-so days and bad days, then when I need to adjust something I do it seems to work then doesn't kind of up and down. I think it's that way for most of us at the beginning...........Were all frustrated.
Thanks to this board we have a place to vent. It's a lot easier when your not alone.