Hey guys, so I've been using cpap for about 4 days. Since using it, I always woke up in the middle of the night, usually after 2-3 hours of sleep. And I'm having a hard time getting to sleep again. It could take a couple hours before I'm tired enough to sleep again. Sometimes I just force myself to sleep right away, but all I get is bad quality sleep where I will wake up with bad mood.
This doesn't happen before cpap. Does anyone experience this, or know why this is happening to me? While I still feel slightly uncomfortable with the mask on my face and the cumbersome tube, I don't feel strong discomfort. I can't feel any discomfort when I woke up. My AHI was also pretty good, around 2.
So far I think I've notice some improvement in energy and mental clarity. But I still have strong post-meal sleepiness.
Well, once I got my AHI down below 5 I started noticing I was waking around 3AM every morning and feeling rested. So, I get up and mess around for an hour then go back to bed. I expect the issue is the quality of sleep is improved and your (my) body is adapting. Meaning your body thinks it is rested because it is sleeping so much better than before. I also expect after a while your body will adapt to the new higher quality of sleep and slowly go back to sleeping for 7 to 8 hours. That's my theory and I am sticking to it...
I plan to bring this up with my sleep doctor at my next appointment in a few months.
I am not a Medical professional and I don't play one on the internet.
Started CPAP Therapy April 5, 2016
I'd Rather Be Sleeping
Hello, susilosaja. Welcome to Apnea Board.
I had an experience similar to Frank's. For about the first month that I used CPAP, I woke up much earlier than usual. I felt like my "sleepiness", "tiredness", and "awakeness" got all out of sync for a while.
I don't know what time you normally go to bed. If it's before midnight, you might find it better to wait until later to go to bed (if you can stay awake that long.)
The waking up too early seems to be pretty common, judging from my own experience and from posts from others that I see here on this forum. If you slept through the night before CPAP, I think that you will get back to doing that soon.