RE: New to CPAP, I think Im better off without it
It sounds to me as if you are experiencing what I did. Im new to this as well but now am very comfortable with it.
I too am a mouth breather so they put me automatically on a FF mask. It was great in that it didnt leak like most do but I just ended up opening my mouth a bit while sleeping and the mouth becomes so dry when you have a mask blowing air into it that 2 hours after going to sleep Id wake up really uncomfortable with a mouth that felt stuffed with cotton.
It was so dry that it wasn't as if I could just close my mouth, go back to sleep and it would solve itself but I would have to get up, fully wake up, drink some water, wait about 15 minutes then go back to sleep but by then, sometimes I was too awake to do so. I will say though that i never experienced any negative thoughts on it nor did I get claustrophobia.
So, I tried a nasal mask......WOW, enter the negative throughs AND claustrophobia............but i got past that after 2 nights and now I would never use a FF mask again.
I was surprised to get those thoughts you speak of after having slept with the FF without them but its very different for with the nasal mask, IF you open up your mouth even a teeny weeny bit, it becomes very confusing and immediately you get claustrophobic and want to rip the mask of your head.
And your cheeks get puffy with air...LOL Its the weirdest sensation but you WILL get past it as i did.
I started to worry. I thought, what if while i am asleep this happens? Will I stop breathing and drop dead? Or will I not be able to get enough air if my nostrils became clogged, and again, drop dead? I was dropping dead a lot in those scenarios I may add and i am not the sort of person that would be described as neurotic but I certainly felt I was at first using the nasal mask.
Knowing how bad the FF mask was and that it was not an option, knowing I really had to make this work, whereas you don't, you think you still have another option so you may not even try to make the nasal mask work.......forced me to get used to it.
The first thing I found very important was to put the ramp time until 45 minutes and I watched TV. I didn't go to sleep right away as i wanted to relax and get used to it which I did, but only because I did it like that.
When I put it on without a ramp time, it seemed too powerful and overwhelming, which led to all those dropping dead scenarios. ;-)
The first night I ended up falling asleep with it on the ramp time and I slept right through the night without any problem.
The second night I did the same but by the 3rd or 4th I set the ramp time for only 5 minutes. Just enough time to put my mask on properly, lay down fiddle with the channels to get the one i wanted and to then just lay back so by the time it started up with more pressure, I had stopped moving around and it was fine.
I will say that by now i can turn it on without any ramp time and am fine. Once you do get used to it it becomes very normal to have it on and you are then past the claustrophobia and dropping dead thoughts so you are relaxed and you end up just breathing normally.
One worry I did have was what would happen if in my sleep I became clogged up? Would I suffocate........leading to more dropping dead thoughts LOL
But i am here to tell you that in the month I have been doing this now, I sleep perfectly ever night. However, on 2 occasions, I have awakened due to the mask being in my hand and no longer on my face and what woke me was the sound of the wind of it hitting my hand........so I am guessing in my sleep I might have become a bit stuffed up and without being aware of it, being as asleep as one can be, I managed to somehow just unhook my mask from the lower bottom left hook and slid it off my face.........once I woke up, I blew my nose as I do keep Kleenex beside the bed and then i just put back on the mask without the ramp and went back to sleep.
One other time I woke up to find the nasal mask over my mouth but not my nose LOL
I guess i had pulled it down in my sleep but I was breathing out of my nose without my mouth being open so, the point is, you will not suffocate or anything of that nature but if you do get quite stuffed up you will just unconsciously remove it from your face. I was amazed at how well one removes it when asleep though. You don't rip it off as I would have expected but neatly undo the clip---perhaps i could not do it that night and pulled it down over my mouth instead..........but wait, no, I could not have stretched it that far so on second thought, I probably did unhook it and instead of taking it off my head, with one unhooked its easy to slide down over your mouth.
I hope that helps. Don't let it worry you when I say I believe being stuffed up is why i took the mask off for I think its great that one does do that in their sleep so well.........
But you just have to relax and get used to it and once relaxed, hopefully your mouth will close on its own and you naturally just breathe though the nose...
(This post was last modified: 05-24-2014 10:42 AM by ShelaghDB.)