I stumbled across this forum whilst looking for some info to help me start my CPAP journey. Wow - they should give the link out to all new patients, the amount of knowledge on here is fantastic.
I'm very new to CPAP, having had my first sleep study around a month ago and been given my machine to trial a week back. Has the last week been tough - extremely! I feel like I'm dragging myself all day around after limited sleep. In fact it feels like I'm permanently hungover.
My results came back that I have mild to moderate sleep apnea, 14 episodes per hour. When I used the CPAP machine during the study this reduced to 0-1. I'm therefore determined to stick with it, it's obviously doing me some benefit and I have to feel better at some stage.
I find that I'm not having issues with having the mask on my face (which surprises me). The trouble I am having is waking up due to the noises the mask is making - anything from burpy sounds to high pitched whistling and even some thumping sounds coming through the tubing. This happens numerous times a night.
I have the humidifier cranked up to 8. I did this as for the first few nights my mouth was super dry (and lasted that way for most of the day). I'm wondering if this is causing any of the noises?
The machine is also making noises - I liken them to Darth Vader as the sounds are echoing my breathing. I read on a couple of posts that this is not unusual for my brand of machine so am going to get it checked when I go back for my next appointment. At this point the machine is living under my bed where the sound is muffled.
So that's my tales of woe! Thank goodness I can voice my concerns here to an understanding audience, as no one in my family or my friends have gone through this. Appreciate any advice, particularly corrections if I'm doing anything wrong.