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.
|Machine: AirSense™ 10 AutoSet CPAP Machine with HumidAir™ Heated Humidifier|
|Mask: Wisp Nasal CPAP Mask with Headgear - Fit Pack|
|Additional Comments: Software ap: MyAir for Air10 by ResMed|