I'm 26. I developed obstructive sleep apnea at 18. It went largely untreated until it worsened to the point I had to take a medical leave from law school (which I am currently on).
I got a brand new machine a little over 5 weeks ago. I have seen some improvement. However, I knew I was not making it very long through the night. After I saw my doctor for a follow-up, I found out I've only been sleeping with it for about 4 hours every night. The mask is comfortable and I fall asleep in no time. I use the ramp function.
What I suspect happens is that I sleep it with it fine for a few hours, wake up, and take it off. Any advice on how to move towards making it through the whole night?
Also, for those of you who are able to sleep through the whole night with the mask on, how long did it take for you to begin feeling really rested?
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What you might try to do is to set up and wear your mask and use the machine during the evening as you watch tv or read and see if that will help your body to get used to this way of sleeping.
Everybody is different, some people get used to it right away and others have a rought time of it for a while. I took to it right away but, YMMV.
Hang in there for more suggestions, best of luck to you with your CPAP therapy and don't give up.
There is a period of adjustment to PAP. It takes time -- some longer than others.
It's not uncommon to sleep only 4 hours at the beginning.
Many sleep apnea patients have other conditions. for example blood pressure , obesity, diabetes...
Those may get better when the person gets a handle on PAP.
For now, try to discipline yourself to keep the mask on. If you have to get up, be sure to put it back on.
Forum members might be better able to suggest options if you would kindly fill in your machine type, mask, et cetera in your profile.
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