I just returned from my overnight sleep study. I had a diagnosis of OSA and Periodic Limb Movement disorder via overnight sleep study from thirteen years ago but didn't do anything about it at the time. I had oral appliances for the past three years but discontinued their use due to chronic jaw pain, bite misalignment, and appliance breakage (and they really didn't work that well). I decided to (finally) take care of my health and get another sleep study in order to utilize CPAP.
I had "many" events in the first two hours of the study, so the technician hooked me up to CPAP using the nostril pillow mask and chin strap. The nostril mask was very comfortable and I barely detected the air flow; the chin strap was a bit confining, but I feel certain I can adjust (plus, I hope to learn a lot of tips here ). I slept for four hours after being hooked up to CPAP and only remember waking just a couple of times. According to the technician, I didn't move after CPAP was applied (I felt stiff upon awakening like I've never felt before). I actually feel different after having four actual hours of reasonably good sleep. Wow. I'm fifty-seven years old and have had sleep problems since I was a kid. Evidently, I have an unusually small airway; my mother and grandmother had apnea, also (and were very petite like I am).
I wanted to find a forum where I can receive support and guidance as I get familiar with using CPAP. Thank you in advance. Glad to be here.