Had a power failure one night, about 2 years ago. Discovered that there is no way on the planet that I can now even consider trying to sleep without it. Thankfully, I have a UPS for my computer, and access to a generator if that doesn't make it.
I *haven't* explored the assorted battery backup solutions, yet... but I'm aware of them for when I decide to go that route.
I was forced to once because my electricity went out just 2 hours after I went to bed. It didn't come back until late morning (like 11 am). Never again. I guess I forgot just how hellishly tired I was without it. And how awful I felt all the time.
So, no I won't do it willingly.
09-28-2015, 04:46 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-29-2015, 07:45 AM by Mosquitobait.)
I have mild apnea. When I had a one week period without a machine, I went right back to needing 2 naps a day. Yes, I can get by for one night, but that's the max. I even brought my machine to the ICU this week to stay a couple of nights with a family member who is very ill. I will admit that for the 1 or 2 times a week I still take naps, I don't usually use my machine unless I'm really tired.
Contrary to the majority here, I do skip nights from time to time but seldom more than one night a week. I don't really feel much different the next day except for waking with a dry mouth from breathing by the mouth. The sleep clinic told me it would be ok to do this occasionally. For trips of just one night I seldom take the machine but for 2 or more nights I always do. When not using the cpap I try to at least use a nasal strip since I have been observed to breath much better and snore less with one.
Another data point. I recently took a three-day vacation, and I decided I didn't want the hassle of taking it along. I slept fine all three nights with plenty of daytime energy. I was in the same time zone, so I kept pretty much to my regular schedule. It was good to know for the next time. It was also good to know that I'm not psychologically addicted to it. I didn't miss it at all.
I have a generator at home, but I probably wouldn't use it for CPAP unless the outage was extended. Clearly, I can go a few days without it.