(07-24-2013, 09:57 AM)allielb83 Wrote: So basically since the end of June I've been with a decent mask, use the mask all night and during naps. I'm not feeling a whole lot better.
You're exactly where I am. I started therapy on June 20th. My pressures and leaks are similar; AHI is a bet less, but we're both doing well in that regard.
I know I'm sleeping better but I'm still waiting for the "I feel alive!" day to come. I think it's a combination of factors (for me, at least):
1. I have years of sleep debt to repay.
2. I feel best when sleeping between 8-9 hours. 7 or fewer and I feel like I didn't sleep. My theory is this relates to problem #1. More than 9 (yes, I've done it) and I feel foggy all day. Problem is, getting 8-9 hours every night has been next to impossible.
3. I have poor sleep habits that I developed in college and am still trying to fix. I have gone many nights without going to bed at all. I've gone years with 4-5 hours of sleep on average (which I now know was poor/obstructive sleep). I still go to bed much later than I should, especially on weekends when I tend to sleep really late and sleep in late. My wife, who doesn't have OSA, has similar sleep habits. She comes to bed even later than me on some nights, waking me up. She also prefers to watch TV in bed or be on her phone with a bright screen... which we fight about all the time. When she wants to continue watching TV at night she goes downstairs and uses the living room TV, which I can still hear quite well echoing up the stairway (even on low volume).
#3 is obviously a personal problem and I need to carry my own cross in that regard. But #1 and #2 might be relevant to others.
The good news is that with CPAP I've been actively trying to get more normal sleep. I aim for 8 hours. Doesn't always happen, but CPAP is at least helping me set goals and work toward them. Knowing I have a medical condition, I don't downplay the importance of sleep like I used to and I want the therapy to work.
Do you have any sleep habits that you could clean up maybe to help get you feeling better sooner?