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Machine: Respironics System One RemStar Pro (460)
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10
Humidifier: integrated humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 13.0 cm
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: using CPAP since Jan. 2016

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: US

Post: #11
RE: Fragmented sleep
Sam, how long do you usually stay awake when you wake up in the middle of the night?
07-05-2016 07:11 PM
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SamStamport Offline

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Joined: Mar 2016

Machine: DreamStation CPAP Pro
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Philips Respironics Pico
Humidifier: DreamStation Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 12
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began CPAP 3/3/16

Sex: Male
Location: West Columbia, TX

Post: #12
RE: Fragmented sleep
Thanks so much!
07-05-2016 07:31 PM
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Joined: Apr 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Most recent: Wisp, Pilairo, Mirage Vista
Humidifier: ResMed S9 Autoset
CPAP Pressure: 17-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: USA 97217

Post: #13
RE: Fragmented sleep
Before starting CPAP in April 2012 I was waking several times a night. After being on CPAP for several months with no improvement I went to see the sleep doc. She suggested that some people develop a psychological need to wake up, i.e., after years of waking several times a night my brain continues to wake me even if it does not need to. She did not offer any remedy. Today I still wake four or five times a night, although usually I can roll over and go back to sleep in a few minutes. The longest I can sleep is about three hours, and usually only a couple hours. The sleep period gets shorter as the night proceeds.

I've tried everything, including over the counter medications (diphenhydramine HCL, doxylamine succinate, melatonin), but none of them has much effect, even if I take way more than the label instructions say, or if I take all of them. I think I'm immune to them. I've never tried any prescription sleep aids (scary).

In spite of this the CPAP has been beneficial. I used to nod off half a dozen times during the day. Now I go most days without nodding off, and if I do it is only once, briefly. But on rare occasions when I have been able to sleep for more than three hours without waking I feel great the next day. I suspect that my sleep periods are too short to get much REM sleep.
07-05-2016 08:02 PM
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Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: ResMed AirCurve10 VAuto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir and SlimLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: MaxI 13.6 | MinE 5.2 | PS 4.4
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Diagnosed Nov 2011. Conquered aerophagia.

Sex: Male
Location: Houston, Texas

Post: #14
RE: Fragmented sleep
(07-03-2016 09:38 PM)SamStamport Wrote:  My situation seems opposite from yours. The small mask has fewer leaks than the large one.

I guess everyone's face is different.

Small (nasal) masks are less likely to leak precisely because they are small. However, my mouth was falling open, and that's the source of the leak. When a chin strap doesn't remedy the problem, a switch from a nasal mask to a full face mask is the solution.

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07-05-2016 08:44 PM
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