Beth, if I'm understanding correctly, the insomnia seems to be a direct result of your CPAP treatment, or was it a problem for the period(s) when you were off the machine and/or before you ever began CPAP treatment? I'm wondering if insomnia in your case is or is not related to CPAP usage.
Initially, the insomnia seemed to start as an unrelated thing. I was still using CPAP at the time. Initially I continued to use CPAP but was sleeping so little and so frustrated with it that I just stopped using the machine. My sleep hasn't been perfect ever since, although it improved with practicing sleep hygiene. I am waking up more than I used to and having trouble getting back to sleep, but I know that the untreated OSA is a component of that. Then when I tried to get back to CPAP after I was sleeping better I got so nervous about the CPAP (I know it sounds crazy) that I threw myself back in to another few weeks of insomnia and gave up again. Now I do feel less nervous about the machine because I have been sitting with it during the day and "practicing" for at least 30 minutes, but now I'm wondering if I am associating it too much with being awake or something because when I lay with it at night I just lay there and get frustrated. So initially I think it was not related to CPAP but I think I have now associated it somehow with CPAP.... Thank you so much for your responses.
I know you have a Cpap that doesn't give much in the way of data or using software to gauge your apnea, but when you were using Cpap last, were you able to get an AHI reading from the Cpap?
I just want to say that when I first started Cpap, I also suffered anxiety. Of course, I had insomnia prior to therapy, so coupled with being anxious about using Cpap, which I knew nothing about, didn't make it easy.
But I decided early on that I had to make it work, and little by little was able to overcome those feelings. Practicing good sleep hygiene does help too.
Does your mask fit well? If that is the problem, try a different style mask.
It work be beneficial to you if you could find a way to get an updated machine in time, like a fully data capable APAP.
I never struggled with insomnia prior to CPAP. I went for a sleep study because my mom has OSA and I was having trouble losing weight so thought it may be connected. My first sleep study was in May of 2012. It showed prominent sleep fragmentation, moderate obstructive sleep apnea consisting mainly of hypopneas, minimum desaturation of 89%. I am not sure if my machine will tell me my AHI. I will look in to it. My mask seems to fit fairly well, better than any of the others I have tried. I would love a new machine and think an APAP would probably be more comfortable/better. I will be due for a new one in about a year, but my insurance won't cover it unless I can demonstrate compliance with this one.
Beth, I just checked with an older posting by Paula02 and it confirms what I had thought. Unfortunately, the S9 Escape only records hours used; nothing more. So, to see data such as AHI, you'd need an S9 Elite or Autoset, or a newer AirSense 10 Elite or Autoset in the ResMed line.