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Taking a break from CPAP
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Anyone take occasional breaks from therapy? I've been on CPAP for about 1.5 years, and I've used it continuously over that period except for once or twice when I've been ill and during a couple of brief vacations. I didn't notice much difference in how I felt in the morning during those breaks, and I slept about as well as I do while using the therapy.

I'm thinking that taking a break once in a while doesn't do any harm.
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#2
depends on the severity of your OSA and on what you call "no harm" Smile
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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#3
My OSA is really low. I actually just started using my CPAP again after the initial prescription for the first time in 4 years. Personally, I sleep, I dream, I snore. I do all of these things with or without the CPAP. But I am not your proscribing physician, nor am I close to an expert on the subject.
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#4
I wish that was an option for me, I cannot sleep without it, just as I was not sleeping before I started CPAP. I am type II and have had a heart attack and I find out that this all may have been caused by sleep apnea. Sure wish I would have found out sooner, but hey no reason to think you might end up like me-health wise. You could be completely different.

Best of luck with the dice
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#5
I am with PoolQ, I do not feel good if I don't sleep with this machine. Taking a break would be deciding to feel terrible for a couple of weeks. It lacks a certain attraction. Too-funny
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#6
may I ask why you want to take a break?
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(06-04-2016, 10:57 PM)PoolQ Wrote: I wish that was an option for me, I cannot sleep without it, just as I was not sleeping before I started CPAP. I am type II and have had a heart attack and I find out that this all may have been caused by sleep apnea. Sure wish I would have found out sooner, but hey no reason to think you might end up like me-health wise. You could be completely different.

Best of luck with the dice

I agree with you PoolQ, we ALL are responsible for our own health. IMHO I NEED my xPAP to keep me balanced on my "tight rope" of health issues (& I prefer to use all the help I can get) to avoid my very strong genetic precursor for CHF, which is the banana peel to the grave for my family. Respiratory issues are tightly linked to so many other problems e.g. memory, mood, heart, diabetes, it goes on...with that, you reap what you sow with your health... I add my "GOOD LUCK" to the individual decision.
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(06-04-2016, 11:07 PM)chill Wrote: I am with PoolQ, I do not feel good if I don't sleep with this machine. Taking a break would be deciding to feel terrible for a couple of weeks. It lacks a certain attraction. Too-funny

HoseHeads R US, welcomes you with open arms!!!Too-funny Laugh-a-lot
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#9
Hi Jim. Damage from untreated OSA is cumulative, so in one sense you're right.

(That's assuming that non-use of CPAP doesn't cause a heart attack or stroke on a particular night. Some of us are at high risk for that, others aren't.)

I think it depends on the individual person, on how severe the OSA is, and what other health problems the person has.

If someone has congestive heart failure or breathing problems severe enough that they can't fall asleep or stay asleep without CPAP, then I would imagine they're less likely to agree that it's okay to skip using it for a few nights.

I personally don't feel noticeably worse in the morning after just one night sleeping without CPAP. I think that has made it more difficult for me to use the therapy regularly.

That's one reason I decided to buy a recording oximeter (CMS50D+). I found that my pO2 spends a lot of time around 88% and frequently dips to the low 80s when I sleep without CPAP.

There's also the issue of how I sound when I sleep without CPAP. I really wouldn't want to subject anyone else to having to listen to that.

I also don't like to subject myself to experiencing that. I was frequently having dreams that I was being strangled or choked prior to being diagnosed with OSA.

I've been using CPAP therapy for a little over six months, but with only four months of regular use. I have spent a lot of that time trying to convince myself that I need to use CPAP every night or almost every night.

My goal is to resolve all the problems that may be making CPAP therapy uncomfortable for me, so that I'll want to use it. When I'm lying down, my breathing is noticeably more comfortable with the CPAP machine even while I'm awake.

My blood pressure is finally dropping to a successfully controlled level. Treatment-resistant hypertension was the main factor in my being referred for a sleep study.

I switched from a nasal mask to nasal pillows last month, and my comfort level has gone up tremendously. I'm pretty psyched about that.

To answer your question about whether I take breaks from therapy, though, yes, I'm still doing that. I haven't had a month yet with 100% usage. In May, I skipped 2 nights out of 31.

I don't know how I'll feel after a year and a half of CPAP use.

Right now I'm still in the stage of being happy about what the therapy is doing for my health and trying to troubleshoot comfort issues.


















(06-04-2016, 09:57 PM)Jim Bronson Wrote: Anyone take occasional breaks from therapy? I've been on CPAP for about 1.5 years, and I've used it continuously over that period except for once or twice when I've been ill and during a couple of brief vacations. I didn't notice much difference in how I felt in the morning during those breaks, and I slept about as well as I do while using the therapy.

I'm thinking that taking a break once in a while doesn't do any harm.

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#10
Except for the occasional headcold or power outage, I've been using cpap every night for 15 years. I've only had a data-capable machine for the last six months but now I can say that APAP is successfully treating my sleep apnea. I'm just not willing to risk a heart attack because cpap is sometimes uncomfortable. Personally, I think OSA is more dangerous than some people on the forum will admit.

Just my opinion.Sleep-well
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