This began 3 months ago when I had a cold lasting 2 weeks, I have always had to suspend CPAP during a cold. There then followed 5 weeks of insomnia with only 3 or 4 hours broken sleep per night, with minimal use of the CPAP.
As sleep has become easier I started to try the CPAP again with limited success.
The best I have achieved is 3 consecutive nights with 3 then 4 then 5 hrs of CPAP use. That was 2 weeks ago since then I have been unable to cope with the mask due to feelings of panic when trying to get to sleep with the mask on.
I can tolerate the mask if I wear it to watch TV or read but I don't fall asleep, as I would if not wearing the mask.
If I try to fall asleep with the mask on i.e. Switch off the light put down the book etc I begin to feel panic, heart racing, rapid breathing etc and very quickly wrench the mask off. This can take between 5 and 30 minutes to kick in.
I have tried various sleep/relaxation aids, from warm milk, through breathing exercises, kalms sleep, even as far as a large Scotch at bedtime.
Nothing seems to work.
The problem seems to be getting worse as the anxiety of not being able to use the mask is adding to the panic I experience when I try to use the mask.
I would appreciate an help or advice on how to deal with this situation