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Two weeks on CPAP, no improvement
#1
Two weeks on CPAP, no improvement
Hi all,

Trying to get adjusted to the CPAP, but honestly I feel even sleepier than sleeping without it. Any thoughts?

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#2
RE: Two weeks on CPAP, no improvement
If a typical day is like the one in your screenshots, then that is odd. Very little leaks and events seem to be under control. Maybe someone with more expertise can weigh in on this but I got a better night's sleep even with significant large leak %age. Events went down to < 5 from 60
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RE: Two weeks on CPAP, no improvement
Those are good numbers but IF you are not getting much rest that is not what anyone wants. I would suggest 2 changes to your settings that should help.

EPR is set at on ramp only - change it to full time
Min is on 5 - change it to 7
Apnea (80-100%) 10 seconds, Hypopnea (50-80%) 10 seconds, Flow Limits (0-50%) not timed  Cervical Collar - Dealing w DME - Chart Organizing
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RE: Two weeks on CPAP, no improvement
After 2.5 months on it I have only been able to fall asleep with Benadryl or Ambien and even then I can only fall asleep with it about half the time and for a few hours. I am throwing in the towel on this.
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RE: Two weeks on CPAP, no improvement
I found listening to audio books when I would first go to bed would really help distract me from the cpap experience. I use to always listen to my breathing and then I would hyperventilate which would cause the machine to get out of timing with how I really breathe. That was 4 yrs ago.
To this day I still listen to audio books because it also takes my mind off every day stress junk.
I get them free from my library, just download to my phone.
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RE: Two weeks on CPAP, no improvement
Different people adjust to CPAP differently. A few lucky folks accommodate easily with no problems from Night #1. The rest of us, the vast majority, need some time to get used to things. With all respect to OP, two weeks isn't enough for most folks. Hang in there.
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RE: Two weeks on CPAP, no improvement
To be honest, two weeks is barely started.

People vary, but it can take a couple of months to quite a bit longer for acclimatisation to using a CPAP.
The body finds it a strange phenomenon to have air constantly above atmospheric pressure being blown in to the lungs. Some people take to it quicker than others, the main thing you want is to become relaxed with it and the tiredness should hopefully abate then. 
If at the three month mark you are still not seeing an improvement then some deeper research in to the cause may be required.
- They are not spelling/grammar errors.. I live in Australia, we do it differently Down Under  Big Grin -
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