(08-05-2013 05:34 PM)zonk Wrote:
(08-05-2013 07:09 AM)khem26 Wrote: I am asthmatic and take some Ventolin (or something similar) regularly. I have taken some creatine (supplement) for brief periods over the last year or so also.
Google creatine asthma, you find some links and discussions on body building forums
The Mayo Clinic states that creatine has been associated with asthmatic symptoms and warns against consumption by persons with known allergies to creatine
95% and maximum pressure 18/19, seem to me the pressure is running away and maybe the cause for those central events
Not always the machine find the correct pressure, as the machine programed to increase pressure in response to flow limitation and if one have a problem with flow limitation, the pressure can reach the maximum, some people do better on straight CPAP
Try sleep on your side, less pressure on the side vs on backs, a tennis ball inside a sock (or bum bag) fastened on back of pyjama tops can help to stay on the side and prevents rolling on the back while asleep
I dont think Ive had any notable breathing/asthma difficulties since I have taken creatine and in fact, have to use the least medication for asthma since I was young. Though I will have a read over google to see better inform myself on the issue.
I will start trying to lower the pressure a bit at a time and see if this helps over the coming weeks. I did give the tennis ball trick a go but wasnt having that much success, but then again I wasnt as commited at the time to CPAP so I am going to give this another shot.
(08-05-2013 08:58 PM)Sleepster Wrote:
(08-05-2013 07:09 AM)khem26 Wrote: I have had the cpap machine for about 2-3 years but have only seriously used it for a brief period at the start (which I did not take seriously). But I have been more commited in the last few months to give it a shot.
I suspect that being "more committed" is your problem. You must be fully committed to using your machine whenever you are asleep, even for a nap.
Do not ever sleep without the machine.
Your mind and body must adapt to a new condition -- being able to breathe and sleep at the same time. As long as your mind is still unconvinced that you can do both of these things at the same time it will keep waking your body up to make sure it's breathing. Even if you are not aware of these awakenings they are happening and they are what's making you feel tired during the day.
If you use the machine every time you sleep you will adapt. If you spend any time at all sleeping without it you are sending that old familiar signal to your brain that it's not safe to sleep, and it says "I told you so, you just can't trust this guy to keep breathing while he's sleeping."
As you get older you will find that the extra wear and tear on your cardiovascular system will do more damage than simply make you feel sleepy during the day.
I have been on CPAP therapy for 21 months and I am still adapting. It has taken me this long to get this far. I have made a LOT of progress and I have more to make. I had 56 years to learn how to sleep without being able to breathe, and it will take time to undo that conditioning.
Be patient and don't give up. Your life depends on it.
I agree with you 100% and have been really making alot of life style changes to accommodate the CPAP to try be as consistent as I can. I'm a young guy that enjoys havign some big alcohol fueled nights which really wrecks my sleeping patterns for a few days.
I have never heard this theory expplained it the way you have but it does make alot of sense to me. I really have to put my foot down and commit to this. Of the 21 months, do you remember how far along it was for you to start feeling better? I have days where i wake up feeling FANTASTIC from the mornings till about 1pm (lunch time), then i usually crash and feel really tired again. Most other days arent so bad, but I generally dont feel 'positive' if that makes any sense. Thank you for the encouraging words, it really motivates me to hear them from someone else who has experienced my problems.