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Trying CPAP one last time... AHI looks really bad
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RE: Trying CPAP one last time... AHI looks really bad
Sometimes it can take a month to get fully used to the machine and sleeping with it or potentially even a bit longer. How many total hours of sleep are you getting most nights? Could it be that you need to increase how much time you are actually sleeping to feel better? The machine cannot replace lack of total amount of time in sleep we need. It can only improve the quality of your sleep and prevent the extra wear and tear on your body that sleep apnea causes.
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RE: Trying CPAP one last time... AHI looks really bad
If I could increase the amount of sleep I got, I'd have done it *years* ago.
I'm allocating on average of 9-10 hours a night (not counting time that I have to lie down for naps) to try to sleep.
I've been lying down for the night around 10:00 - 11:00, putting on the mask when I start feeling sleepy, then turning it off usually after I've been awake for 30 minutes or so knowing that I won't get back to sleep any time soon.
Not using the mask, I was generally able to sleep through until 5:00 or so before being awake for a while, but with the mask, I'm waking up for a long period of time as early as 12:30, but usually more around 2:30 - 3:30.

I may eventually fall back asleep, and then drag myself out of bed some time between 8:00 - 8:30.

Recently (like since starting the machine), I'm having to lie down for my first nap between 10:30 - 11:00. I'd probably take it even earlier if I felt like work would let me take a break sooner than that.
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RE: Trying CPAP one last time... AHI looks really bad
gsilver, your experience sounds really rough.  Several things about it made me recall something I read about earlier: cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.  Here is information from the Mayo Clinic that you might want to take a look at:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-cond...t-20046677
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RE: Trying CPAP one last time... AHI looks really bad
(07-16-2019, 01:05 PM)gsilver Wrote: If I could increase the amount of sleep I got, I'd have done it *years* ago.
I'm allocating on average of 9-10 hours a night (not counting time that I have to lie down for naps) to try to sleep.
I've been lying down for the night around 10:00 - 11:00, putting on the mask when I start feeling sleepy, then turning it off usually after I've been awake for 30 minutes or so knowing that I won't get back to sleep any time soon.
Not using the mask, I was generally able to sleep through until 5:00 or so before being awake for a while, but with the mask, I'm waking up for a long period of time as early as 12:30, but usually more around 2:30 - 3:30.

I may eventually fall back asleep, and then drag myself out of bed some time between 8:00 - 8:30.

Recently (like since starting the machine), I'm having to lie down for my first nap between 10:30 - 11:00. I'd probably take it even earlier if I felt like work would let me take a break sooner than that.

Unfortunately, because you are not getting enough continuous sleep and waking up too often.  The machine will be of limited benefit to you as far as feeling physically better rested.  Somehow, you need to look into increasing your continuous amount of sleep time and not waking up quite so often.  The 9-10 hours allocated is of not much use when you are really only getting closer to say, 6-7 hours of real sleep.  Dormeo linked a good article and perhaps others will be along with more ideas.  Your doctor may also give you some good suggestions.  I wish you the best of luck with this.  Don't give up with the machine!  It's clear that you need to use it.  You just need to fix the rest of the sleep equation to help you feel well rested and not need the naps.  Keep in mind, too many (and too long) naps will also make it difficult to sleep through the night!
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