I'm new here and, like most of you have probably experienced, am trying to wrap my brain around what the doctors are telling me now. I've never been in the best of shape and for years I attributed my daytime grogginess to being overweight. My dad has sleep apnea and a CPAP machine, but I figured I didn't have that problem because my wife never recounted stories the likes my mom told me where my dad would stop breathing in the middle of the night and loudly start gasping for air. I also never remembered waking up in the middle of the night short of breath or anything. When I went to an ENT with a case of tonsillitis he scoped my nose and informed me that I had a deviated septum and that the opening in the back of my throat was on the small side. That combined with my weight, he said, made him suspect that I was susceptible to sleep apnea as well. He prescribed a home test (the kind with the pulse monitor and the nose tubing) which I sent in only to find out that I had a (relatively) mild obstructive apnea event about every two minutes and that my blood oxygen was desaturated because of it. He then said I should go get a CPAP titration study done since it was nearly certain that I would need one going forward.
I had this study done last Friday and, as I was later told was somewhat typical, did NOT get much sleep that night. Maybe two hours if I was lucky. It's not that the CPAP bothered me per se, but I just could not fall asleep and when I did & woke up, I couldn't fall back asleep for a long time. It was as if I drank a caffeinated beverage in the late afternoon where I did not feel stimulated (in fact I felt very exhausted), but I just couldn't' fall asleep no matter how much I tried. The good news is that I was asleep just enough for them to get some good data which they'll be sending to my ENT in about a week's time.
So my question is: what questions should I ask or requests should I make when I have that follow-up visit to get a script for the CPAP (or Auto or Bi, not sure yet) machine and the mask? For example, I've seen a few suggestions here that I should ask for an AutoPAP machine even if only CPAP is recommended because I can set it to CPAP mode and the Auto machines record more useful data. Things like that. I know choosing a brand and model of machine/mask is another can of worms, but is there anything along those lines I should mention or request in my initial follow-up visit? BTW, as far as masks go, I tried the three types (nasal pillow, nasal mask, full face) and they ended up sticking with the full face because while I typically breathe through my nose, I'll sometimes take a big breath / yawn with my mouth, maybe due to my deviated septum and occasional stuffiness (once I was relaxed I breathe through my nose almost exclusively). The full face mask also prevented the strange phenomenon of the pressure exiting through my mouth whenever I yawned or talked, so maybe I'll stick with that for now. The other issue I ran into was the mask leaking when it rubbed against the pillow (I'm a side sleeper).
That's what I have for now. Any advice you can send my way would be much appreciated. I'm dreading the adjustment process that others have warned me about, but I hope that asking the right questions and requesting the right equipment that will give at least a little leg up.