Hi, New to this board but long time sufferer with sever sleep issues !
I have been only able to sleep between 2-4 hours a night for years now, When I wake up I cant get back to sleep and even if I do its for a VERY short period and am at the end of the road. I cant get a sleep study done in my area no sooner than 4 months out !! So I bought a used CPAP machine " Resmed S9 Elite HI5 " just to try and see if it would help me as I have many of the symptoms of sleep apnea.
I tried it for the first time last night and hated it !! It felt like it was blowing my mouth up even on exhale so I removed it after 45 mins, I have it set to CPAP, Set pressure at 7 Start pressure at 4, EPR at full, EPR level at 2 EPR inhale at Med.
I really want to try this out and see if it would help me, Can someone please help me with this ?
Thank You !
The first thing is to find out what's actually going on. If you can't get a sleep study for four months, you'll need to find a way to get used to that machine. There are different kinds of masks to try, and different people have very individualized preferences for these things. But the first thing is to get through a few nights with what you have, and look at the data readout in the mornings. You say you have severe sleep apnea, but it's not clear how you know that. There are other sleep problems that can cause daytime drowsiness, headaches, and so on. But if you can start getting some data from the machine, that'll give you something to work with.
Some people have an initial problem exhaling into any kind of positive air pressure. My best suggestion is to set the pressure even lower, so you can get used to it. Once you can sleep for a few hours, you can check your AHI in the morning and see just how severe your apnea is. After that, you can begin to increase the pressure gradually. Ideally, all of this should happen during sleep studies, but I can't see any reason not to try to do something on your own during the four months, as long as you proceed cautiously.