06-01-2014, 06:53 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-01-2014, 06:58 AM by JCB7777.)
I was once told that sleep deprivation is cumulative, and that after years of not sleeping well, it might take a long period of "good" sleep to recover. Curious whether anyone has any thoughts, or can direct me to any literature, along that line?
I've been using CPAP for two weeks. I started with very mild apnea (5.3 AHI) and my doctor suggested I try CPAP for 30 days and see if I felt better - i.e., my apnea wasn't a serious health risk, but I had been yawning 24/7 for years, had very non-restorative sleep, felt tired & mentally "not-sharp" during the day, occasional periods of depression etc.
I have found it very easy to adjust to the equipment. FFM feels comfortable & I like the feel of the deep breathing CPAP produces. I'm definitely sleeping better, deeper, not waking up as often in the night. But I haven't yet experienced the level of daytime energy I'd been hoping for, and still yawn a fair amount (though not as much as before).
Yesterday was interesting. I had a good night's sleep. Felt a bit snoozy in the afternoon and, since it was a Saturday, I decided to "close my eyes for a few minutes." Slept like a rock for more than three hours. Then another full night's sleep last night.
How long does it take to reach the "new normal?" How long should I use the CPAP to determine if it's really the answer?
06-01-2014, 07:01 AM
(This post was last modified: 06-03-2014, 08:57 PM by DeepBreathing.)
G'day JCB7777, welcome to the forum.
CPAP therapy can take a while to show results. As you said the effects of apnea are cumulative and reversing those effects also takes some time. In your case an AHI of 5.3 is very much a borderline apnea so you may not notice a lot of difference. It may also be that there is another issue causing your tiredness.
I notice you have a Resmed Escape - these machines only give very limited data and we generally advise people to avoid them if possible. If you get the Elite or Autoset machines, these record a great deal of detailed data which you can access by software to understand exactly what's happening with your therapy.
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It can also be a matter of finding that "sweet spot." That can take awhile. Watch your graphs on Sleepyhead. What are your leak numbers? If they are really good, is that because you're lucky, or are you tightening the face mask down so tight your body is fighting it all night? What about your snore graph? Good? Ok....
You will make small adjustments to your therapy as you go along and suddenly one morning you'll wake up thinking that was the best night ever!
Then the longer term adjustment starts with the yawning 24/7. For me anyhow. I thought I was never going to stop doing that. But it was much preferable to falling asleep behind the wheel all the time, so I learned to love it.