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How lack of sleep affects my appearance
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SleepyJohn Offline

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How lack of sleep affects my appearance
I've noticed that even with the sleep apnea machine, some nights I still don't get a very good night sleep. This seems to affect my expression, giving me I think a very anxious or frustrated appearance. It gets so bad that people who are normally friendly will stop talking to me. Strangers will prank me. I've had kids throw stuff at me. I had a job where they didn't want me hanging out by the front door like where I'm waiting for a cab to arrive.

The only other tells I have for this condition is I seem to talk to myself a lot and my morning urinations are minor.

I don't know exactly what it is because I have no one in my life that will approach this embarrassing topic.

Does anyone else have this problem?
07-13-2013 11:28 AM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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RE: How lack of sleep affects my appearance
You need to fill out your profile so we can better help you.

Nocturia is a common problem with guys and sleep apnea. Do a search on the forum for that word and you'll find others who have this problem and see suggestions.

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07-13-2013 12:35 PM
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SleepyJohn Offline

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RE: How lack of sleep affects my appearance
(07-13-2013 12:35 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  You need to fill out your profile so we can better help you.

Nocturia is a common problem with guys and sleep apnea. Do a search on the forum for that word and you'll find others who have this problem and see suggestions.

Nocturia is nighttime urination. That's not a problem. I was talking in my original post about my morning urination.
07-13-2013 12:44 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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RE: How lack of sleep affects my appearance
Hi SleepyJohn,
weLCOME to the forum.!
Hang in there for more responses to your post.
What machine do you have?
Best of luck to you.

trish6hundred
07-13-2013 01:42 PM
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SleepyJohn Offline

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RE: How lack of sleep affects my appearance
(07-13-2013 01:42 PM)trish6hundred Wrote:  Hi SleepyJohn,
weLCOME to the forum.!
Hang in there for more responses to your post.
What machine do you have?
Best of luck to you.

I have a Remstar from 2006.
07-13-2013 02:07 PM
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SuperSleeper Offline

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RE: How lack of sleep affects my appearance
Hi John - welcome to Apnea Board.

Lack of proper sleep can have all sorts of negative effects upon the body. And of course, these issues can affect the way we "look".... tired eyes, puffy face, etc. If your machine is from 2006, it's possible that the machine isn't functioning the way it used to, or it's possible that your pressure needs have changed, and the machine is not now set on the most effective pressure. You may need to adjust your pressures slightly.

To do that, see this page:

http://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-pr...re-on-cpap

If you need the Clinician Setup Manual for your machine, you can get that free, here:

http://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-pr...tup-manual

What version of 2006 REMstar do you have? The Plus, Pro or Auto? The Autos are generally better, because they will adjust to your needs on an ongoing basis, rather than delivering a single, non-changing pressure all the time. A data-capable machine is even better, because you can monitor your progress using some free software like SleepyHead.

The average useful lifespan for most CPAP machines is about 5 years. Your 7 year old machine may need to be replaced with a newer machine with better internal firmware which will be more effective to control your apnea events.

For advice on machine choices, see this article by Archangle:

http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ne_Choices

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07-13-2013 06:00 PM
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