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CPAP causing daytime anxiety
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CPAP causing daytime anxiety
Hi Guys, 

Been on Cpap for 2 months now. AHI is down to 1.5 from 12-14. This is due to this forum and some of the recommendations I received (sleep position, cervical collar, Oscar). I feel a little better, memory and fatigue wise, but nothing too miracolous but I'm going to stay patient. 

One problem I have is daytime anxiety. I know people might say it's unrelated but nothing else has changed in my routine. I get it the moment I wake up and it's pretty brutal and it remains throughout the day. 

Has anyone else experienced this? I was thinking of lowering my pressure setting today to see if that helps. Currently my pressure setting is 9-15 but I consistely stay in the 9-10 range. Do you think that could help? Maybe the pressure is too high for me since I made the adjustments suggested by this forum and need a lower pressure?  

Please advise. I'm really struggling and can't see any other reason for my anxiety.
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#2
RE: CPAP causing daytime anxiety
Are you feeling more rested once you do wake up, about the same, or worse? 

When you say anxiety, what exactly are you experiencing?
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RE: CPAP causing daytime anxiety
I wake up with an immediate sense of nervousness and perceived elevated heart rate (but it's actually normal because I have a fitbit on and monitor it). I get butterflies throughout the day and find it difficult to function.  I guess you can say it's kind of like depression (without the negative thoughts) but I didn't have this feeling until after I used cpap.
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RE: CPAP causing daytime anxiety
mushroomgill I hope that you're ok now.

I hope that you're feeling better now. What's changed?
DaveL
compliant for 35 years /// Still learning!

ResMed N20; ResMed P30i modified headgear; F&P Evora Full FFM



I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#5
RE: CPAP causing daytime anxiety
Yeah, it'd be nice if we had an update. Hope that you got it under control.
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Omg THIS. I have an anxiety level (on scale of one to ten) of TWENTY since using this CPAP thing that persists into the daytime. Granted, I've had less than 4 hrs sleep in 4 days, but I've NEVER had anxiety like this. It's so bad I considered going to the emergency room a couple times.
Any recommendations? Commiserations?
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RE: CPAP causing daytime anxiety
(07-02-2022, 01:01 PM)AngrySleepr Wrote: Omg THIS. I have an anxiety level (on scale of one to ten) of TWENTY since using this CPAP thing that persists into the daytime. Granted, I've had less than 4 hrs sleep in 4 days, but I've NEVER had anxiety like this. It's so bad I considered going to the emergency room a couple times.
Any recommendations? Commiserations?

Tell us what kind of CPAP machine you are using, as well as the type of mask. The more information gleaned, the better response you will receive. 

How long have you been using a CPAP?
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RE: CPAP causing daytime anxiety
Anxiety is related to sleep quality, and also related to oxygen saturation level.

If you don't get good oxygen saturation, I think it causes anxiety or panick attacks.

When I used to wake up in the middle of the night due to sleep apea, I would under high anxiety with scary thoughts going through my head. I think this is a sign that something went wrong to wake me up. Also, I believe panick attacks are related to lack of oxygen intake.
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RE: CPAP causing daytime anxiety
Resmed Ibreeze 20A Nasal pillow
I've cycled thru 4 masks in 5 days. Claustrophobia is freaking me out on any type of closed masks. I cannot deal with it & have launched the entire unit into the air several times due to Claustrophobia panic
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RE: CPAP causing daytime anxiety
When I was using my CPAP (Airsense 10 AutoSet), I was using a Resmed AirFit F20 or AirFit F30, both being full face masks. From the very 1st night, I did very well. 

I went from the F20 to the F30 as it was more comfortable for me. Sorry to hear that you are having issues. Maybe spend some time during the day or before bedtime, wearing your mask as you sit and watch tv? Trying giving yourself more time to acclimate. 

Anyways, hope that you get your issues ironed out some way.
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