01-23-2014, 02:05 PM
(This post was last modified: 01-23-2014, 02:09 PM by ImaSurvivor.)
I sleep on my side with the pillows and have no leaks. To begin with I slept on my back because I was afraid of moving around and dislodging pillows. I would lay awake for a long time and 'over-think it'. I sleep comfortably on both sides now with no problem. Being only two months in, on occasion, I struggle getting my pillows on and comfortable with them. As JohnNJ said, I think letting them inflate first does help although I admit I don't always think to do that. I put the mask on then turn the machine on. If I can't get comfortable quickly, I start fidgeting with it a lot which frustrates me and I am wide awake from the frustration. I have the ClimateLine hose and recently began using the warmup feature. It requires me remembering to go to turn it on which isn't always something I think of nor convenient when I am in a different location in the house. I am trying to remember it. It makes a big difference for me. Otherwise, putting the mask on and having the cool air blow up my nose is like breathing in cold fresh air making me wide awake even though I was really tired when I went to bed. And it sometimes feels like I have a drippy nose from cool moisture and I have to lift the pillows to wipe my nose ... then start all over trying to get the pillows situated again. I hate having that feeling of a drippy nose. From the start, I have had CPAP induced insomnia that I am still working through. I have a mild sleep medication that really helps. But I have to remember to take it long enough before going to bed. Once I get to sleep, I don't wake up at all and sleep on my sides most of the time now.
01-23-2014, 02:28 PM
(This post was last modified: 01-23-2014, 02:31 PM by ImaSurvivor.)
You're welcome and good luck!
I was very reluctant and still am. I don't like taking any medicine I don't have to. However, it was that or lay awake for hours, get frustrated, feel awful in work, and not function well. The sleep aid I have is recommended by the sleep doctor as one that "has little risk of toxicity or the development of tolerance. Also less likely to aggravate obstructive breathing or cause suppression of ventilatory drive." [quote taken from summary of my sleep studies]. It was shown in both my sleep studies I had disturbed prolonged periods of awakening and brief spontaneous arousals suggesting potential difficulties with insomnia. The medicine I have is also prescribed for restless legs and according to one of my other doctors used for chronic pain as well. The pharmacist also confirmed with my husband that many take it long term with no problems. I am hoping not to take it long term though. I have been given 5 refills and would like to wean myself away from it by the time refills run out.