G'day james, welcome to Apnea Board.
It sounds like you're off to a great start. CPAP therapy has its ups and downs so don't be surprised if you have a few rough nights. But for the great majority of people there's a continual improvement and some really positive health outcomes.
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This is my third month on cpap. I am 98% complaint this month. I didn't write this to boast. I mean it as a you can do it pat on the back. Keep trying it will work for you.
Welcome to ApneaBoard Journey to Sleep!
You are lucky to have been aware of your problem and be diagnosed nowadays when there is much more information out there about sleep apnea. I wish it had been so 30+ years ago for me, I just thought I snored. (oh the shame...)
Glad you accepted your fate and got treatment. What a difference it will make in your life!
APNEABOARD - A great place to be if you're a hosehead!!
EVERY ACCOMPLISHMENT BEGINS WITH THE DECISION TO TRY!
I'm 50, and was diagnosed the week after my birthday in late October. Ironically, I never would have thought I had SA. A few months ago, we moved and my new dentist does a SA screening for new patients. I recall scoring high on things like awakening at night/getting back to sleep, and unusual difficulty in losing weight. I attributed the difficulties staying asleep and getting back to sleep to female "hormonal changes" because that's when it started. So, I was referred to a sleep doctor, who ordered a home sleep study after my consult with him. The sleep study was rough. I'm not sure exactly what my scores were, but when the sleep doctor called me, he said I scored mild to moderate. Mild with one scoring system and moderate with the other. I'm sure I'll know more when I see him next week.
A week and a half ago, I received my APAP machine. I was prepared to hate it. I had a hard enough time to getting to sleep as it was! I was sure there wasn't any way I'd ever be able to sleep with it on. The full mask was so embarrassing looking that I didn't even put it on unless it was dark for the first few nights. The rep. who delivered my machine and showed me how to use it was great and really knowledgeable. She did tell me I might want to take Benadryl the first nights to get to sleep. The first night, I wound up taking the mask off around 3 am. But, after that, the mask didn't really bother me. I go onto MyAir to see the abbreviated score daily and do SleepyHead every few days. After a few nights, I was scoring 100 on MyAir, but then earlier this week my scored dropped to 90 and 91 because of large leakage. I called my APAP rep and she advised me to adjust my mask while laying down. I did that last night and I scored 100 with little leakage.
My AHI scores are pretty low with the APAP. They've ranged from .2 to 1.6, but I have to say I feel great since I started therapy. My mask doesn't bother me. I usually sleep all night long without waking up. I have had 100% compliance with my machine and usually sleep 8 hours a night with it on. When I wake up I feel great. I used to have a fuzzy kind of feeling in the morning that didn't abate until I'd had my coffee and at least 30 min to wake up. I have much more stamina during the day. And, this is only the first 10 days. I am looking forward to feeling even better after being on therapy for a few months.