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Looking for tips how to sleep with CPAP machine
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Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Mirage Quattro & Optilife
Humidifier: ResMed H5i @ #3 if nose breathing & #5 if mouth breathing
CPAP Pressure: 12 ~ 20 & 11 ~12 if nasal mask
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Late stage 2 emphysema

Sex: Male
Location: Mousetown, Southern Illinois

Post: #11
RE: Looking for tips how to sleep with CPAP machine
Mr. Dan'l can be the sandman's helper when trying to quiet down anxiety and get acclimated to the mask pressure. So it makes apnea temporarily worse, you're on the machine and it'll make up for that. It's no different than any other OTC sleep aid. Most don't need that but for those who do, I say use whatever works.
01-22-2015 02:55 PM
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Joined: Jan 2015

Machine: Res Med Air Sense 10 Auto Set
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Quattro
Humidifier: ResMed S10 37028
CPAP Pressure: 4-14
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: 3 brothers on CPAP; rescue mom to Bootsie Bella; wishes the APAP matched the decor in my bedroom :)

Sex: Female
Location: Northeastern MA

Post: #12
RE: Looking for tips how to sleep with CPAP machine
(01-22-2015 12:59 PM)surferdude2 Wrote:  Another thing that helps some is to have some background noise or whatever that drowns out the sound of your breathing. They have noise generator machines with a selection of pleasant sounds that are intended to relax you and make you sleepy. Walmart sells them as do others. Normal price < $30. I have a clock radio with that feature built in that plays the sound for one hour and then shuts off. It helped me a great deal when first starting this therapy.

iTunes has some free white noise apps that are excellent. I have a large bedroom with slanted ceilings on one side -- if I point the speaker in a particular direction the noises (especially the waves and the birds singing in the rain) sound genuine with the sound being distributed throughout the room. Try it - they are amazing.
01-22-2015 09:43 PM
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surferdude2 Offline

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Posts: 1,077
Joined: Jul 2014

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Mirage Quattro & Optilife
Humidifier: ResMed H5i @ #3 if nose breathing & #5 if mouth breathing
CPAP Pressure: 12 ~ 20 & 11 ~12 if nasal mask
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Late stage 2 emphysema

Sex: Male
Location: Mousetown, Southern Illinois

Post: #13
RE: Looking for tips how to sleep with CPAP machine
I've used a freebie from the internet for a time or two when I wanted one to run all night. It has several versions available...Listen Here.
01-22-2015 10:20 PM
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ozartblue Offline

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Machine: REMstar Pro M series with C-flex
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Activa Mask
Humidifier: Respironics M Series heated humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 8cmH2O
CPAP Software: Other Software

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Sex: Female
Location: Australia

Post: #14
RE: Looking for tips how to sleep with CPAP machine
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I can oh so well sympathise!!! Tonight is my third night and last night I managed to get a little bit of sleep (none the previous night). What has helped so far is 1. One of those flight eye masks to cut back on the light from the machine (worn under the straps) and 2. Using neckband earphones (used back to front) to play a portable CD player(audio book or soothing sounds like sea waves or rain). The sound will mask the machine sound and the CD player switches itself off when the CD has finished. 3. I have placed tape over the mouth so it will stay shut. 4. I have also used the machine prior going to bed an for a couple of hours during the day if it is possible to get used to it. Every little bit helped, but I am desperate for some decent sleep. Good luckOh-jeezOh-jeez
01-24-2015 03:48 AM
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Ghost1958 Offline

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Machine: PRS1 Series Sixty Auto Aflex
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Eson
Humidifier: PRS1 with Heated Hose
CPAP Pressure: 10.5 min 16 max
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Moderate to Severe SA Obstructive. Rapid O2 desat off the machine.

Sex: Male
Location: KY

Post: #15
RE: Looking for tips how to sleep with CPAP machine
It depends on what is bothering you. If the sensation of breathing against pressure use the Aflex settings to cure that problem.

If its a feeling of smothering slightly raise your min pressure a bit until you feel you are "getting enough air".

If its the machine noise or sound of your own breathing just have to get used to that.

If the mask is hurting you, spewing leaks, uncomfortable then eh hemmm try the Eson nasal instead of the Comfort blue LOL.
Seriously the mask and making sure you dont feel smothered are 90 percent of the battle.

Im going to take a wild flying goose guess and assume they gave you the machine with it set wide open with a min of 4 cm and max of 20.

I dont know to many people that can tolerate a min of 4cm pressure without feeling like they are smothered with a pillow. Usually six is the min most can tolerate and feel they are getting enough air. I have to have 8
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01-24-2015 03:08 PM
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