Ok so just recently I found myself in a situation where i could not use my machine. I didn't think it would be such a huge deal, I went years with untreated apnea, so is one night likely going to kill me? I doubted it. I really had no options beyond 1- sleep in the best position I could, or 2- don't go to sleep.
Now it's after the fact, and I just wonder whether not sleeping was the better choice medically speaking.
I must say I felt like 10 pounds of poop in a 5 pound bag after trying to sleep in the best possible position, and I think sleeping was the worse choice between the two.
So, does anyone actually know what the better choice is?
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I have insomnia and often go 24hrs or more without sleep. And I have lost power and had to sleep without my CPAP.
In the long run? Time period being the same? I "feel better" staying awake. Sleeping without my CPAP causes me, personally, to feel like crap on a stick while I am rather used to staying awake which just makes me feel tired. Sleeping w/out CPAP increases my blood pressure and increases my heart rate. And makes me cranky.
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Recently had a [thankfully] short trip, where I pulled boneheaded move of carefully packing my case with machine and stuff... and forgot to pack the *&^%$#@!!! power supply.
Luckily, I had my CPAP pillow - that plus breathing exercises on my side (side sleeper) helped me get through the night and while definitely NOT ideal, was better [for me] than staying awake.
As an IT person, I've had to crash in an IT room during an emergency all-nighter or two... Some exhausted sleep is still better than none. But either way, sleeping with machine will usually be better.