(09-22-2013, 04:35 AM)Dsch73 Wrote: I'm just a light sleeper. With the straps around my head and the hose in my way, it's just hard to get comfortable when I'm used to burying my head in the pillow. I sleep on my side and it's a big adjustment not to sleep the way I've slept all these years. I'm constantly waking up because I'll feel uncomfortable. I'm breathing fine with the mask and it doesn't leak. I have a clock that projects the time on the ceiling. If I wake up and see that I've had the mask on long enough to be compliant, then I take the mask off and turn off the CPAP machine. I then can finally get a restful sleep. When I first started using the CPAP my wife told me to be optimistic. She said "Maybe you'll have even more energy than you do now." But that hasn't been the case. I was never tired before and had no trouble sleeping, now I'm exhausted and yawning all day. I've even started drinking coffee in the afternoon to try to get rid of the tired, groggy feeling I have. I NEVER drank coffee in the afternoon before. The only reason I'm doing this is I have to if I want to continue to drive, even though I've never been tired driving, but now I am. I am going to see a lawyer next week to see if anything can be done to get me off this machine, since I think I'm a greater risk driving now. I told my wife that I shouldn't even be driving as tired as I am, but that's what they want me to do and I'm compliant. I'm just not mentally alert from lack of sleep.
How many hours of sleep are you getting per night off of the CPAP (if you notice that you have 4 hours of CPAP therapy per night and turn the CPAP off)?
Maybe some of the other members that use nasal pillows can offer suggestions on being able to sleep on your side. I use a full face mask because I have allergies and when my nose stops up, I can't breath well. I still sleep on my side but catch myself rolling over on my back a lot.
Hope you find a good solution soon.