Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

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Post by BossaBruce » Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:26 am

I've been using a CPAP machine for only four days. Sleep test showed that I had a mild case of apnea however a recent bout of atrial flutter ( started at 3 AM when I was sound asleep ) led to this decision to use a CPAP machine.
I am using a ResMed air sense 10 CPAP machine, along with a nasal cup on some kind of a swivel connector. When I picked up the machine and went through the basic use instructions with the sales person it seems pretty straightforward. There was a lot they didn't tell me.
Night one I spent 2 1/2 hours trying to tolerate the machine with a semi clogged nose breathing frigid cold air, gasping for breath through my mouth. Eventually I ripped the damn thing off my face shut the machine off and fell asleep on my own.
The next day I found this website and started checking articles and posts. The most helpful thing I read was a post about learning to breathe through your nose was the most difficult adjustment for a mouth breather. I also saw some really good posts about using breathe right nasal strips to keep your nose open. The third thing I saw a post about heated humidification. Heated air, what?
I have year round mild allergies that I lived with most of my life by breathing through my mouth because my nose is congested. No one (including the doctor) told me I have to breathe through my nose with this type of CPAP mask. In terms of heated humidification I'm not sure why that wasn't discussed during the demo session so I feel a little let down by my doctor and the CPAP sales person who gave my demo.
Armed with this new information I approached night two with breathe right nasal strips and I read the user manual to see if there was a way to heat the humidified air. There was. I got four hours asleep with the machine On.
On the third night I got 4 1/2 hours asleep with the machine on.
Last night was Friday night and I was able to sleep in this morning and I managed eight hours and four minutes asleep with the CPAP machine on. I can't determine if the CPAP machine is making a difference in my life yet but I'm managing to live with the CPAP. Time will tell if it helps me.

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Post by Mcquestion » Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:21 am

A few short weeks ago I started using a CPAP machine and I love it. I don't wake up with a headache any more.

According to the sleep test I did, I used to wake up 30 times per hour, or about every two minutes. Anything over 5 is bad so I was considered a "severe" case.

The first week I used it I went down to waking up 3.1 times an hour. The next week it was 4.1. The difference was immediate and refreshing. I wake up clear eyed.

I don't always have a good night's sleep, but that's not due to the machine. No matter what, I don't wake up feeling like my brain is wrapped in gauze any more. It feels great.

If I can make one suggestion, get a mask that has the hose attachment on the top part of the mask, on the upper strap, not a hose that attaches to the nose area. I much prefer this so the hose isn't draped over me at night.

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Post by kbh209 » Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:31 pm

I thought I'd post here since it has been a few months since I last gave an update. I have come to love my CPAP machine, it truly does give me the best sleep every night. I no longer wake up in the middle of the night with a sore throat (or blood on my pillow case). It was a struggle though, it took me at least 4.5 months to get used to it, but in the end it has fully paid off. My roommates fully appreciate the usage too, as it does help keep things more on the quiet side.

I am going to be messaging my provider to let them know that I am still snoring with the CPAP machine, perhaps it's time to raise the air just a bit, I'm not sure.

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Post by AmyR » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:55 pm

I've been using my CPAP for almost a month now. At first it was difficult - they set the pressure really high with a wide swing. I'd tested as 57 interrupts per hour. But the high pressure was blowing the mask off my face, couldn't keep a seal. So they reduced the top pressure a bit. Though the following week they added the "inhale push" which had a different noise which is really irritating combined with insomnia. Attaching the hose to the top of the headboard was a big improvement - stops hose management from being a concern. And finding out that I could turn off the machine while taking a restroom break was helpful. Some nights are good now - waking fewer times, waking up rested in the morning. One aspect of the insomnia has been a baseline fear about what happens mentally when I am ready for sleep but sleep is delayed. I think the apnea could have been part of that, though I had no idea I had apnea, on some level my body has known. I have PTSD and being ready for sleep is "prime time" for negative thoughts to find their way to the surface - therapy has helped that, but I was assuming that the potential was part of the level of fear I was having when unable to get to sleep. If the apnea is a stronger cause for fear, then it should eventually fix the insomnia and if I work out and lose some weight, I might eventually be able to stop using the machine. But for starters, I just want more good nights. I have been good about wearing the mask and using the machine. When I was waking up a lot, after 4 hours I would take it off. Now I am willing to leave it on until closer to time to get up. The skin along the mask line is a little irritated now, so I may have to change the material of the mask, otherwise, it seems to be working for now. :D

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Post by seemybook » Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:43 am

Before CPAP I was falling asleep spontaneously during work, several times a day, without even knowing it! I didn't believe that was happening until a co-worker took a picture of me---what an awakening! I had a long drive home on the freeway, and one day I nearly drove into the cliff because of dozing off without knowing it. Incidents like these told me I had to do something about it. I have been on CPAP every night for 4 years now, and I am so grateful for it because it changed my life dramatically. Before CPAP, on some days I could not drag myself out of bed, I was so exhausted. Now I wake up much more refreshed. Some days I bounce out of bed! I know CPAP can be uncomfortable, but keep trying different masks because there are plenty of styles out there, and one is bound to fit you properly. That will make a huge difference right there, when you find one that doesn't constantly wake you up with squealing air leaks. I used to wake up with water dripping on my face during the night---so I bought the heated tube which solved the "rainout" problem. When I put on the mask, I don't think negatively about how uncomfortable this is going to be all night. Instead, as I put on my mask, a sense of calmness comes over me, because I know I won't be abruptly waking up during the night in a panic with my heart racing. I had a huge sleep deficit from all the years I had sleep apnea but didn't know it, so it took quite a while for me to feel astoundingly better with the CPAP. I slept 9 hrs a night trying to catch up. There was no huge AHA! moment when I realized I was getting better, it was more of a gradual awakening.

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Post by georgepds » Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:53 pm


I've used mine for ~8 years.

Before CPAP I'd need to take an afternoon nap at work, and on the commute home... no more I'm wide awake. I once parked my car in front of light post at McDonald's for a short commute nap. About every 10 minutes I'd wake at the wheel with a light post in front of me, thinking , Oh No.. this is it. I really don't miss that experience

In the beginning I had a lot of problems getting used to the mask. For me, tracking my progress using software was the key ( I'm a bit of data nut). After a while, I just got used to it. I'd no sooner hit the sack for the night without CPAP than I would without changing from my street clothes.

I'm a bit older now, and if circumstances don't give me a full 8 hours at night, I'll even use the machine for a nap. It guarantees I wake up rested

As to the more serious problems associated with apnea ( stroke, heart attack) I've managed to avoid them, that sounds like success to me

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Post by moreorless » Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:23 pm

I had a problem when I first started the machine. I had a mask leak and was able to correct
the problem. I use the machine everyday and never missed a day since I started. I use oxygen
only at night and today I woke up after sleeping 12.5 hours and my ahi is 0.6.
Settings are 20/12 bipap.
I am happy with the machine. And I am never giving up this sleep machine.
At first I was reluctant to use the machine and was going to return it, but did not.

I was going to return it because I was under the impression that I did not need no machine to help me sleep.
Of course I was wrong about that. It helps me sleep.

No way am I giving up this sleep machine, only way I can sleep
and I am thankful for having it.

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Post by Raptorman » Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:47 pm

Thought I would share my experience in case anybody is interested. I have had a snoring problem for almost all my life. I am not really overweight, but have been a bodybuilder most of my life. I actually had surgery in 2013 to correct my severe sleep apnea. It worked to an extent, but I still had to sleep in a certain position as to not to snore and disturb my girlfriend. Just recently (last six months) my sleep apnea got worse, even after the surgery, to the point where I was choking and stopping breathing no matter what position I was in when trying to sleep. I went to see my specialist, and he indicated it was due to the thickening of the muscles in my neck due to the weight lifting. I was waking up about a dozen times a night at least. I would have to go out to my car from my office at lunchtime to sleep for half an hour as I couldn't stay awake at my desk. I was exhausted all the time. I finally realized that I would have to try a CPAP machine. Well, this was a life saver. The first night I had it I slept for 12 hours. It took me about a week to catch up on all the lost rest, but, now I feel great! I'm never tired during the day now, and I sleep fairly decently every night. CPAP is my best friend now, and my girlfriend is loving it too, as I was driving her crazy. We can travel now without her getting frustrated at me keeping her awake. I have a RESMED 10 Auto with pillow nostril mask. All I can say is for the longest time I balked at having one of these things, but, I have to say that It's the best decision I made.


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Post by Goldie54914 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:08 pm

Hi, I am new to this forum.
I am 43 years old and I have been using my cpap for three years. After I did a sleep study (which I hated every minute of it),
I found out that I inherited my mother's "worst case of sleep apena in their years of (doctors) practice". So I figured I would get a CPAP.
After three years, my sleep has improved, along with my breathing and the number of times I have woke up in the middle has drastically dropped (In my study, they mentioned that I woke over 100 times in two hours. Now, It's about three times in a 10-12 hour period).
Hated it at first, but once I got the right mask, it ended up being better for me. Now I can't live without my cpap machine. :D

PR System one A-Flex Machine.

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Post by tspeerjr » Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:43 am

how do you post a screen shot on this site?

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Post by Krelvin » Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:26 pm

tspeerjr wrote:how do you post a screen shot on this site?

Might provide some assistance.
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Post by tspeerjr » Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:40 am

Dope! thanks!

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Post by EdNerd » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:56 am

Tomorrow will be two weeks since I brought my machine home. SleepyHead shows my AHI has dropped from the 43 that registered during my sleep study to between 2 and 4. And I don't snore any more (more of a benefit to my wife, 'cuz it never bothered *me*!). I still wake up tired - but that's from going to bed at 10:30 or 11:00 and getting up at 4:15!!


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Post by jsielke » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:35 pm

My problem was I was getting up 8-12 times a night and going to the bathroom. I thought it was a bladder problem, as I had bladder cancer 20 years ago, successfully treated with BCG (a kind of chemo) and had no recurrence. My Urologist even said "Are you getting up to go because you have to go, or are you going because you wake up?" I didn't consider Apnea, as I do not snore (confirmed by wife.) After waiting some time, I went ahead and took an at home sleep test, which showed my AHI at .5, so no apnea, I thought. The sleep specialist noted that my SpO2 dropped below 85% several times, which coincided with my waking. He suggested I might still benefit from CPAP.

Anyway, long story short, I got a Phillips Dreamstation Auto, and a Wisp mask. First night was rough, as I had it on fixed pressure (13). The software showed and AHI of 14!

Moving ahead 3 weeks, I got it set up on auto, 6-15 pressure, and got a Nuance pro nasal pillow mask. What a difference. Last night, for the first time in years, I only woke once. Dream mapper shows AHI 1.2. This is about typical for last 2 weeks. Been using CPAP 100% of the night, and sleeping better than I ever had. :D

Just for curiosity, I ordered the CMS50F SpO2 monitor, which should come today. I want to see how the SpO2 levels are doing.

I do have COPD, but learned diaphragmatic breathing in Pulmonary rehab, and still in my Tai Chi and Aikido classes. Back about 15 years ago I went from 233 pounds to 170, and hold there. Where I could not walk to the mailbox without stopping to catch my breath, now I hike regularly 3-5 miles, and do Tai Chi and Aikido, work out at gym, etc. Even at that, until CPAP my sleep was interrupted. During day, even with exercise, my SpO2 is between 94-97%. It was only at night, when I would go to sleep and start breathing shallowly, that it dropped.

Anyway, good thing I started. A bit late (I will be 73 in April), but better late :roll: than never!

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Post by TASmart » Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:47 pm

I have been on CPAP for two weeks now, and thus far it's been a total success. I was 99% sure I had sleep apnea for many years, basically since I first heard about sleep apnea. Of course I did not realize either the severity of the disorder, nor what treatments were available. First noticed snoring, multiple night awakenings, and extreme restless sleep since I was in high school in the early 1970s. I first noticed that I was tired most of the time a few years later, wrote it off to college pressures. Years passed. I refused treatment for HBP saying I was always that way gained lots of weight, entered recurrent depressions, went on and off and on anti depressants. Since I was first treated for depression in the 1990s, I complained about being tired all the time. The standard answer was give it time for the antidepressant to work. I gave it time, and felt better, but still fought to get out of bed, and never felt like doing much of anything outside of work.

And so it went. Finally in 2003 psychiatrist told me he thought I had ADD and possibly Sleep apnea. By then I was self insured, and could not afford sleep studies. Treatment for ADD ( now I know it was not ADD but was being so tired I needed the stimulation of work) was a low dose of amphetamine, plus the long cycles of antidepressants. It all helped, but I still was tired and worn out all the time. I had no reserve to do much other than work, ski and a bit of bicycling.

Pretty much from that point on, I forgot about apnea, and whenever I saw a Dr complained about tiredness. Tried some thyroid meds only slight help.

Finally in 2016, fully too tier to be any more tired, I got a referral to a sleep center for an initial consultation. The referral was in July. Sleep Centers here are so backed up I had the initial consult in October, the first sleep test in December and the titration in March. Dx was moderate sleep apnea, desaturation down to 82% for 1/4 of my sleep time. I received a Resmed Airsense 10 Auto on March 22. First couple of nights were difficult. Had my sinuses swell shut the first night, lots of leasks and mouth breathing the next couple of nights. but my AHI was down from and untreated 27 to 3ish. Over the last couple of weeks a few tweeks and its running from .7 to 2 nightly. And I Feel fantastic.

From the first morning I felt awake. I can't remember when I did not feel tired nor want a nap. I have quit napping, i wake spontaneously w/o an alarm at between 5 and 6 daily. My mood is better than its been in a very long time. Although I have not felt a big energy surge, what has happened may be better. I am not sleepy. I am awake all day every day, and I feel a sense of calm. Previously I needed to drink a lot of coffee to feel alert and needed that wound up nervous tension to be productive. Now, I am calmly and happily awake and alert. What a great feeling.

That's my story, hope it helps someone seek and get treatment. Apnea is worse than death - its a half death that does not need to be.

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