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Let's improve sleep quality! What have you done that helped you sleep better?
#11
RE: Let's improve sleep quality! What have you done that helped you sleep better?
Shadowpup and Captain Howdy thanks for wonderful posts. I'm eager to learn more.
DaveL
Compliant for over 30 years

As good as it should be.
I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. I hope to learn from you, and that's why I share here. 
Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#12
RE: Let's improve sleep quality! What have you done that helped you sleep better?
I'm active on a photography forum. Sometimes the greatest advancements occur when you ask a basic question.

My view is that there is too little talk about sleep quality. After all I've heard that 10% of people drop out immediately after receiving their brand new cpap equipment. I want this equipment to work as well as it can. I want my treatment to be successful.

And we are part of a community of people that care. I'm trying to make it easier for us all with this post.
DaveL
Compliant for over 30 years

As good as it should be.
I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. I hope to learn from you, and that's why I share here. 
Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#13
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(05-21-2021, 05:59 AM)DaveL Wrote: I'm active on a photography forum.  Sometimes the greatest advancements occur when you ask a basic question.

Absolutely. You get so caught up in the numbers and the dials and the masks and the pillows you often overlook the simplest things.
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#14
RE: Let's improve sleep quality! What have you done that helped you sleep better?
Sleeping with earplugs in my ears has helped me get more sleep and less interrupted sleep.
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#15
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Excellent Hydrangea!
I wear hearing aids all day. And have tinnitus too...both ears.

I hadn't considered ear plugs. Thanks!
DaveL
Compliant for over 30 years

As good as it should be.
I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. I hope to learn from you, and that's why I share here. 
Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#16
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Do the hearing aids help the tinnitus?
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#17
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No Gideon. I have to tune it out. Ignore it.

My hearing aids are cheap ones; I have no idea if better and more costly ones would help. Seems to me that they would have to have a louder noise to mask the tinnitus. Unless they were sophisticated enough to have destructive interference, generating a noise that scrubbed out the tinnitus noise. Like noise cancelling headphones do....
DaveL
Compliant for over 30 years

As good as it should be.
I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. I hope to learn from you, and that's why I share here. 
Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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#18
RE: Let's improve sleep quality! What have you done that helped you sleep better?
You might find the earplugs make the tinnitus harder to ignore by blocking out the external sounds. It'd be nice if there was a way to automatically use noise-cancelling to help tinnitus, if only we could capture what sounds the brain is perceiving! I definitely notice it more but as my tinnitus doesn't really bother me too much, that's not a problem for me.

As far as I know, hearing aids don't help tinnitus (because it's a brain perception issue, not an ear conduction issue) but if you make the overall sound from outside you louder, it may well help to mask some of the tinnitus too. At least, that's what I grasped from an audiologist! LOL


See my comparison of Viatom/Wellue and CMS50F oximeters here.

Not a doctor, definitely not your doctor, all advice is given as-is and represents simply my own understanding as a fellow patient and OSCAR user.
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#19
RE: Let's improve sleep quality! What have you done that helped you sleep better?
A white noise machine has helped me sleep in the past (snoring husband...), and since I started using a CPAP in January, I've needed more help than ever to get to sleep and stay asleep. I'm partial to the dark brown noise and/or fan sounds, and recently upgraded to a white noise machine with a headphone jack that I can use with small silicone "sleep" earbuds so I'm not disturbing said snoring husband. Very comfortable even for a side sleeper like me. I'm interested in trying the headband-style earphones, too. Being able to focus my mind on the soothing sounds distracts me from the mask, straps, hose and small leak craziness.
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#20
RE: Let's improve sleep quality! What have you done that helped you sleep better?
Thanks plakky. I've never considered white noise. I shall.

(I've wondered if earbuds will be the new hearing aids. I'm not impressed with mine.)
DaveL
Compliant for over 30 years

As good as it should be.
I'm just a cpap user like you. I don't give medical advice. I hope to learn from you, and that's why I share here. 
Seek the advice of a physician before seeking treatment for medical conditions including sleep apnea. Sleep-well

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