(05-19-2014 08:58 AM)Yveylise Wrote: Hello all!
I've had my CPAP machine since Feb 2013 and I have to say, it's been a huge frustration. I honestly have not used it completely through the night a single time. When I try, I wake up even more exhausted than when I went to sleep.
I've got my stats in my profile here so you can see what I'm using. My machine does have a humidifier but I have no idea what kind..I'll try to sort that out.
Here are my current issues..
1. The mask is uncomfortable. I don't know whose genius idea it was to put stiff plastic across the forehead but it actually really hurts. The nose masks rests on my upper lip. And to avoid any air leaking out from around my nose I have to tighten the straps to the point where it's unbearable. I'm primarily a side sleeper as well and this mask makes me feel like I'm stuck sleeping on my back. I wake up stiff because I haven't been able to move.
2. I've been waking up gasping for air. Occasionally through the night I'll feel like sort of popping sensation back behind my nose. I have no idea if I've become a mouth breather in the past year or not. Sometimes I can go back to sleep but eventually it makes me feel like I'm not getting good airflow and I find myself ripping the mask off my face. Maybe it's a matter of incorrect pressure? I was told I was a 14 (out of what, I don't know) a year ago. My sleep study showed activity 46-48 times an hour.
3. I've had water run down my nose more times than I can count.
4. Did I mention I was frustrated?
Any help or advice you have is welcome. I'm at my wits end and so is my husband. He's tired of sleeping on the couch. I've email apneaboard to get a copy of my user manual but I honestly don't know what I'll do with the machine once I get it. I also noticed some of you use sleep monitoring software. Can anyone recommend a program that works with my model?
Sorry ur having a tough time. I can sympathize since I had a rough start too. Here are some things that helped me. First get a comfortable mask. I could not use a nasal mask because it just didn't fit right, was uncomfortable and was dislodged several times a night. I went to pillows and they work great. I use an Airfit P10 but the Swift FX worked well too. Second, I switched to an Apap machine. I think my nightly therapy requirements change often and the Apap adjusts automatically to my needs. Third, I use Sleepyhead software to track my nightly data. It has helped me make starting parameter changes to my machine so that I am comfortable falling asleep. Finally, I got a heated hose to do away with rainouts. Also, repositioning the hose and machine so that water in the hose drains back to the humidifier. I now sleep through most nights and my AHIs have been reduced from 28 to less then 1. Keep trying and good luck. It's really worth it if u can get the therapy working.