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events, alcohol, coffee and masks
#1
hi there...

in second week of transition from CPAP to ASV...I have a few relatively minor issues, no really...:-)

Events and Alcohol: During the second half of my night's "sleep" I am prone to events, for about 2 - 3 hours, usually starting after about 3 hours of sleep, wondering if these are caused by early evening alcohol consumption, maybe a beer, or 6 oz of wine, before 6pm. I am usually asleep by 10pm, and like clockwork I start to have events clustered from 1 - 3am ish. I do not know how to calculate sleep cycles, is that even possible, but could that small amount of alcohol cause this??

Coffee: I love my morning coffee, two 6oz cups only, but I am concerned that even that small amount is causing my morning foggy headedness and weakness, adrenal burnout?? The effect wears off in a few hours, but I am thinking that I may be allergic to morning coffee, please say it isn't so...lol.

Masks: Still trying to find a mask that will work for me. Trying the Nuance Pro Pillow mask, almost works but leaks on high pressures, and am trying the Mirage FX nasal mask, works beautifully except that it gave me a lovely wound next to my nose, still healing. I will work through those issues with these masks; my question is, when switching from one mask to the other, I have to adjust pressures, or rather the pressure seems more intense with the pillows and I feel I "should" adjust the pressure down. Any one else had this experience??

Thanks for any replies,

Storywizard
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#2
I doubt a beer or a little wine would be causing you issues at 3:00 am Story. Most likely these are related to normal sleep activities. Also remember it's not about being perfect, but about developing a nice consistent sleep period with, or in spite of, a few events. Even "normal" people have a few events once in awhile.

As to the coffee creating a problem? NOT. Do not go there. Permission not granted. Mother did not hear you say "May I."

Masks and pressure? My feeling is that in many people the same result can be achieved at a lower pressure with a pillows mask. When I converted from the FFM early in my career, my pressure came down about 3 points. Now, I did not have a lot of history with the FFM, and others may have a different experience. After all, everyone's different. Except for me of course. I'm not different. I'm the same.

Have a nice night Story.
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#3
Allergic to coffee? No such thing!!

If you change mask types (ie from FFM to pillows and so on) you need to change a setting on the machine. I don't think the pressure changes though.
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#4
Many people who have switched from another type of mask to a nasal pillows mask have reported that their pressure requirements reduced significantly.
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#5
If there is an allergy to coffee, someone will make a pill for that and get very rich. I'm with the troops on alcohol consumption. Although I have cut way back since starting therapy I still knock back a jack or two after dinner.


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#6
thanks for the replies...I will keep working on my SDB/sleep quality and not be concerned about events....unless its a party..:-)

thanks again...

Storywizard
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(05-26-2015, 09:45 PM)storywizard Wrote: I am usually asleep by 10pm, and like clockwork I start to have events clustered from 1 - 3am ish. I do not know how to calculate sleep cycles, is that even possible, ...

Coffee: I love my morning coffee, two 6oz cups only, but I am concerned that even that small amount is causing my morning foggy headedness and weakness, adrenal burnout?? The effect wears off in a few hours, but I am thinking that I may be allergic to morning coffee, please say it isn't so...lol.

Masks: Still trying to find a mask that will work for me. Trying the Nuance Pro Pillow mask, almost works but leaks on high pressures, and am trying the Mirage FX nasal mask, works beautifully except that it gave me a lovely wound next to my nose, still healing. I will work through those issues with these masks; my question is, when switching from one mask to the other, I have to adjust pressures, or rather the pressure seems more intense with the pillows and I feel I "should" adjust the pressure down. Any one else had this experience?.

I very regularly wake up at one and about 3:00 - 3:30. This is been going on for more than a year . So I don't think it has anything to do with alcohol. I think it just means you entered REM sleep and are having troubles. Coffee is easy to check. Give it up for three weeks. If no change it's not the coffee . I'm a newbie so can't really help you with mask issues.
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(05-27-2015, 12:20 PM)Mosquitobait Wrote: Coffee is easy to check. Give it up for three weeks.

OH NO, MR. BILL! That wouldn't be something I could do! Give up food for three weeks. Give up tv for three weeks. Give up shaving and showering for three weeks. (provided Mrs. R_G is out of town, that is). Give up bacon for three weeks. But couldn't give up coffee for three weeks. That just wouldn't be right.
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#9
Ditto...retired_guy,
I tried to give up coffee once, had constant headaches and took a lot of Tylenol to try and get through it. It the end, I deceided that Coffee was better than Tylenol.
Mornincoffee
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#10
Giving up coffee is borderline insanity.

I wake up usually around 130-2am to use the restroom before and after cpap, but less so since cpap. It's probably the fact that i drink a lot of water before I go to bed. I also drink coffee and espresso regularly during the day and occasionally alcohol with dinner too.
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