I didn't sleep very well for more than a week--I would just lie there listening to my very loud inhaling! It gradually got better and after a month I was looking forward to going to bed again. Now I wonder what I was thinking then as I can hardly hear myself breathing now. Stick with it--the better sleep you get with the machine does help even if you are getting less hours of sleep. It will get better if you are comfortable with the mask and pressure.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you with your CPAP therapy.
Welcome! Sleep apnea is not hereditary or not always. I don't think either of my parents or siblings has it. Stick with it, it can make a world of difference in your health.
Hello SylviaT and welcome to the Board!
I suggest you should not be concerned *at all*. Taking three hours to fall asleep on your first night with CPAP is absolutely par for the course. No mammal was likely to have been designed to go to sleep naturally wearing a tight mask and a hosey thing flapping around! - let alone having to come to terms with a treatment that is highly likely to be a life-long necessity.
If you peruse this Board you will find many posts from fellow Hoseheads who were sleeping normally within a week of starting treatment, but also from many others who took months, even sometimes more than a year, to get used to the situation.
The fact that you have joined the Board and are looking for feedback is an absolutely great start. Come back at any time with any question or problem.
best wishes for a happy and healthy life with CPAP!
All my opinions are only as an xPAP user trying to help other xPAP users.
No suggestions I may make should be taken as professional advice.
If you have medical concerns please consult a doctor
My current pressures: Auto-ASV. EPAP 10-13. PS 3-10
In my case I found that setting Ramp time to the max (45 min for my machine) helped me get used to exhaling against the pressure. Your pressure is fairly low at this point but can still cause some discomfort at first. I no longer use any ramp as I am fully used to the machine. I would also suggest installing the Sleepyhead software on your computer. You can get a much better picture of what is going on with your treatment. You can also see if there are issues that can be corrected.
Ditto all of the excellent comments above about giving your body and brain time to adjust to this new way of sleeping -- it took me several months, but now -- a year into CPAP therapy -- all is good. A couple of additional suggestions that helped me: (1) use a hose cover, and (2) use a hose hanger. The former reduces noise from the plastic hose rubbing on the headboard and insulates a hose on cold nights, and the latter keeps the hose from getting tangled in your arms as you turn over in the night. In any event, you are on the right path!