(03-19-2013, 07:08 PM)sleepy6 Wrote: I have mild sleep apnea, around 10 apneas/hour.
When I get the AutoSet I'll find out how often it happens.
Quote:I am currently 5'4
A giant. I envy you.
Is EVERYBODY taller than me?
Quote:but would like to start wearing my cpap again and would like your advice!
I do so dislike giving advice but now's the time to give it:
Use your CPAP.
Quote:I was diagnosed with sleep apnea around 5 years ago and have never slept through a whole night using the CPAP. I have a Resmed Elite II and have a nasal and nostril mask.
An S8 I presume. Nothing wrong with those.
I used an S8 on a temporary basis and liked it.
You really can
get used to it. Sometimes messing around with the settings, getting the right pressure, the right humidity, etc. will help matters.
Quote: I usually used the nasal one but end up feeling claustrophobic. It has always been so uncomfortable that I have never made it through a full night and end up taking it off. I am not even sure if I should be using the same setting (was set at 4 when diagnosed).
It's a start. My wife tried my mask on. She was really weirded out.
Relaxing helps. She also got claustrophobic during an MRI scan. I found the best way was to relax, close your eyes (unless they tell you to open them) and wait for it to be over. I do so regret actually giving advice but..... trying to relax helps. WITH the knowledge that it's not going to hurt you and at any given moment you can rip it off your face - you're not trapped there. As I recall I was given the option of "nasal pillows" but I found THEM to be so uncomfortable I actually welcomed the mask. You may prefer the nasal pillows though. Everyone is different and there are options.
Quote:Does anyone have any tips/tricks/advice on how to use it regularly to see the benefits or any book/reading recommendations on how to learn more about how to better your life and get better sleep?
Discipline. And I'm not talking whips and chains or anything. I mean do it enough times and hopefully it will feel like something's "not right" if you forget to put on your mask. Of course I'm not one to talk. It took me a LONG time to get to that point myself. I know it's not easy.
Good luck with your efforts. Remember always: YOU'RE WORTH IT!
So is everyone else here.