Fast forward to today, In December I found myself in front of a neurologist. I brought a binder full of records in that I thought would be useful... what I didn't know I had with me was a sleep study from 2011. It was just in there by chance. THAT was what he was interested in. Not a terribly high AHI... 18ish if I remember correctly, but his mandate was to deal with that before diagnosing anything else and he made a MUCH bigger deal of it than either of the sleep doctors I saw 4-5 years ago did. He quickly figured out that I like science so he gave me the run down of what happens during an event. I'm sold. Breathing is kind of important!
So... I'm now convinced I need to give this a go. I've been at it for 43 days this time around and I'm having the same problem. I attached a screen shot from SH that says a lot... I'm waking up multiple times a night... taking the mask off in my sleep, etc. I don't have a single night where I've slept the whole night through and I'm once again wondering what's worse, the condition, or the cure? (clearly I have to make this work this time, or else my future health will be severely compromised)
One of the things he did was to prescribe a short course of Lunesta. Lunesta has a high correlation with Dementias if taken for 90 days. This is only a 30 day course BUT... I have enough cognitive issues as it is. I don't want to take any risks. The reasoning for the Lunesta (as I'm sure you all know) was "to help get your body used to sleeping with the mask".
So, with that in mind... my question is... given what my session times look like, based on people's experience, is my compliance going to get better if I just keep plowing ahead stubbornly, even though it might take longer, or is it a case of "no... you need an assist"? I'd also be interested in hearing other people's experience of what helped them to tolerate the CPAP.