Help! I've been on CPAP therapy for over five years. I just recently discovered (thanks to a device called a Fit band from BioMedia) that I haven't been sleeping. I had been using nasal pillows, but was breathing through my mouth...so...no therapy.
I went to a sleep clinic and had a new study done six weeks ago. Not only did I wake up 19 times per hour because I stop breathing (for up to one minute) I experience 183 limb movements per hour (mostly in my legs).
The doctor set me up with a new CPAP machine, a new pressure setting (8) and a full-face mask. I'm not having any problem adjusting to the new pressure, my old pressure was 6, or the full-face mask...however, according to my Fit band, I slept 5 hours out of nine last night and slept no longer than 45 minutes at a stretch. Even though I am on medication for restless leg syndrome, I still experience constant limb movements all night. The night before last, I slept for less than three hours. My best night, I was awake 16 times, but did manage to sleep for 2 1/2 hours straight...A new record for me!
I'm extremely frustrated and don't know what to do. I expected an improvement after switching to a full-face mask and a higher pressure. So far, I haven't really seen much improvement. I have had a couple of nights where I sleep for two hours at a stetch, but I'm still waking 16-24 times per night.
I read the instructions on adjusting the pressure on the machine....thanks! I am going to try adjusting the pressure a bit and see if it helps. I bumped it up from 8.0 to 8.4. Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.
Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.