(09-14-2014 11:13 AM)sleepyCoder Wrote: per other posts of mine and your responses, I got the ResMed 10 'for her' even though I am a male.
Also got the P10 pillow mask - that was a really nice recommendation. Much more comfortable than the full face or the nose mask.
Wore the unit for 1 hour fist night, could not fall asleep so took it off and then fell asleep.
Second night, wore it for 1.5 hours. Then woke up as usual. Unit said I had 4 incidents per hour and the final pressure was 5.6.
Did not want to risk NOT falling back to sleep - even poor sleep (getting up every 1.5 hours) so took the unit off.
What are your experiences in cases like this getting used to the unit?
Being able to get to sleep/stay asleep can take some getting used to when you first start using your CPAP. Here is what I did when I started. Maybe something here will help you. (Remember that we are all different and what works for one person may or may not work for you.) First, I decided that my brand new wonderful sleep machine was the answer to my feeling so horrible and that I WAS going to MAKE it work. That I would wear it come h--- or high water.
Then I wore it while out of the bedroom while watching tv or reading prior to bedtime. Once I started feeling sleepy I moved the unit into the bedroom(remember to take the water out while moving the unit...you don't want to spill water into the bower) got ready for bed, had a final swallow of water, put the mask back on, got comfy in the bed, and then read (using a Kindle with so that I wouldn't need an overhead light or be using a blue screen light) until I was breathing comfortably with the machine again felt sleepy again. The trick here,for me, was to be reading something I had already finished so that I would be willing to stop once I did feel sleepy.
Then, when I would wake up I tried to decide what actually woke me up. The hose? The mask moving? Too hot or cold? Then I would solve whatever I could without allowing myself to take off the mask. Bathroom breaks or needing another drink were kept short and I would get right back on bed and put the mask back on. If I couldn't go back to sleep I would get my Kindle out again and read until I was able to sleep again.
A couple of times I woke up pulling the mask off for no reason I could remember. These times I was usually anxious upon waking up. I would get up. Walk around a little... Assure myself that the house was fine, doors locked, etc. If I felt that there was no way I was going to sleep I sat up for awhile... Sometimes turned on some music for relaxation. Once I was calm it was back to bed and the mask.
What I didn't allow myself to do was to get back onto bed without wearing the mask. I kept telling myself that I was for now and always a CPAP user and that I would master this new way of sleeping. Yes, those first few nights were not solid sleep... But then again neither were the nights before the CPAP.
Sorry this is so long, but you did ask how I got past those first weeks. Luckily I did start feeling better almost immediately after starting to use the machine and that encouraged me to push though the wake ups.
Also take a good look at Reired Guy's post. If you are feeling like you are not getting enough air that needs to be addressed, as do leak problems if you are having those.
Why do you think you are not falling asleep or waking up when you do? Answering that question helps you to decide on your next step.
Wishing you a better sleep tonight.