I retired early at 55 at considerable loss of income. I was 62 when I started cpap. I was later fifties when I was diagnosed but I was malignant-stubborn and wouldn't accept that I needed it. Boy do I feel dumb! I know in retrospect I deteriorated a lot in the last few years but slowly getting better. I have no experience with Ambien but it's well known as we age our ability to make melatonin decreases so I use liquid melatonin when I am not sleepy at bed time. I swish it around hoping I will absorb some of it sub-lingually and I generally go right to sleep. I also will be getting the blue filtering glasses and I turn all electronics off well before bed time which helps a great deal. I also after about 8 mos still struggle with mouth leaks. Chipmunk cheeks and motorboat mouth.
I self pay and self manage with the help of the good people here and because of all the DME/sleep doc horror stories. I can set it anyway I choose and don't need no stinkin compliance badge. I have more money in useless masks than my machine so currently I am taping my mouth shut and using a chinstrap with a nasal mask. PITA but it is what works. I don't use the top of the chinstrap just velcro it to my Wisp nasal mask. One less PITA that way. I will try a RespCare Hybrid Full Face on recommendation after Christmas. Eventually if nothing else I will figure out how to make my own blankety blank mask/gasket and no doubt sleep better.
Just do not give up. My mind is getting noticeably better and I have lost a lot of weight ta boot. Currently I have my machine set on fixed bilevel and doing quite well just sick of the PITA mask routine. I did try a sleepdoc to see if he had an answer to the mouth leak problem and his answer was lower the pressure. Well duh! Set it at zero and it won't leak at all. I did out of respect for his years try it his way. I do not see him anymore
Updated: Philips Respironics System One (60 Series)
RemStar BiPAP Auto with Bi-FlexModel 760P -
Rise Time x3 Fixed Bi-Level EPAP 9.0 IPAP 11.5 (cmH2O)