03-21-2015, 11:58 AM
(This post was last modified: 03-21-2015, 12:00 PM by surferdude2.)
OpalRose, There are many of us just like you. For that group, the treatment may be relieving the root cause of the apnea but it is so invasive as to impose another sleep disruption that will take a very long time to tolerate. I suspect we were light sleepers to start with. Having to hook up to a mask and blower just isn't easily accepted for some of us. I live in hope that by doing it long enough it will eventually be unnoticeable. So far, not so good. Even with an AHI in the .2 and below range, I still have trouble falling asleep and wake up during the night at least twice. I'm sure having to sleep on my side is a contributing factor as well.
Try to tough it out and hope for eventual relief while being secure in the fact that you are doing something that is relieving some of the stress from your vital organs and will benefit you in the long run. Hopefully an interrupted night of peaceful sleep will someday be your reward. It may take weeks or months but it will happen because the human body will adapt and learn to ignore the impositions of the therapy.
E.g., It took several weeks for me to learn how to sleep under the adverse conditions that sleeping in an army barracks imposed. But it finally happened. Same thing when I worked in the oil field and was allowed to take a cat-nap when working the morning tower shift (11pm to 7am) while the diesel engines roared away. Funny thing was when the engines were shut down to make a connection, I woke up immediately. That proves that the human body can and will adopt a new standard that allows restful sleep under unusual conditions. It just takes time.