08-28-2014, 10:59 PM
(This post was last modified: 08-29-2014, 08:35 AM by herbm.)
About 30 minutes.
About 4 hours and 30 minutes if you count the 'sleep' study (pretty much the worst 4 hours of sleep in that decade.)
I was lucky, many don't get used to it for weeks or longer -- that's normal. Many don't FEEL BENEFITS clearly for 6 months or more so you may be lucky too.
Just remember the longer it takes to lose you symptoms and gain the benefits the sicker your internal organs likely were already.
My luck was largely in picking and using the P10 FIRST. I lay down on the first day (in the after noon for a nap and was out.)
Slept great and have NEVER failed to use the mask since then with typically 8 hours sleep per night.
[EDIT: Others have reminded me that also, I was a Commercial Diver (underwater) and this means I had years of practice wearing all sorts of breathing equipment from SCUBA regulators to a variety of full diving helmets and recompression chamber masks.]
About day 200 or so, I finally had a day where my total usage dropped below 4 hours -- due to having to stay on a trouble call all night and both of the days before and after. Every time I see that chart, for a moment, I wonder what was WRONG that day.
I just didn't get into bed that day.
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."
I was fortunate to have worn a big rubber mask during my time as an air force pilot so this dinky little PAP mask was easy for me. The only difficulty I encountered was learning enough (from the forum) to fine tune my settings for optimum therapy. That took a couple of months.
It may sound weird, and I may be weird in this respect, but years back when I did the second night at the sleep center for titration, that was the first night of reasonable sleep I had for a long, long time.
After that I couldn't wait to get home with a machine of my own. Took about a week, but was going good from night one.
It took me months to get used to the machine.
09-02-2014, 11:07 PM
(This post was last modified: 09-02-2014, 11:27 PM by kfujioka.)
I am new to using the bipap. I was just diagnosed. I can only keep the mask on for one to two hours. I have had the machine for 2.5 weeks. I am worried I won't make compliance if I don't get better at it. I am happy to put my mask on when I drift off to sleep because I know I won't have those really bad apneas that occur when I am trying to fall asleep. But I take off the mask somehow and I don't remember.
Thursday this week I will see a sleep doctor. I have no idea what to talk to him about. I know nothing about my condition. My regular doctor prescribed the machine after the sleep study, she never went over the sleep study results so I know nothing.
I wish I knew more about my condition.
I will get better at wearing the mask, I think. I ordered a chin strap and some special tape that was recommended on here, to keep my mouth closed. (I wear a nasal mask.)
I only,guess how much I sleep. I guess 4 hrs.
I would like to have better information.
Kimberly from Honolulu
Kim, have you tried wearing the mask and running the machine while watching television or reading before going to sleep? That would have two benefits: (1) it would help you get comfortable with the mask and (2) the machine doesn't actually know whether you are awake or asleep so the time would count for compliance purposes. The machine is smart enough to determine when it is running but you aren't wearing the mask - so don't try to game the system.