cdutka wrote:How is a cpap supposed to help someone with insomnia? When I sleep, I sleep well with the mask, I have no complaints. Last night I was up every hour on the hour with insomnia. I am seeing a pulminologist in a week and I was wondering if she would be likely to prescribe something to help me sleep. My PCP will not.
How long have you been PAPing? How long do you think you may have had OSA before you started PAPing?
How long have you had the sleep maintenance insomnia?
Have you any ideas on what might be triggering the wakes? Pain? Restlessness (in your legs)? Aerophagia? Mask comfort? Leaks? Cats, dogs, traffic noises and other environmental issues?
What do you do as soon as you realize you are awake in the middle of the night? And what goes through your mind as soon as you realize you're awake in the middle of the night?
And how is your sleep hygiene in general?
The answers to these questions may suggest a starting point on how to tame your insomnia monster.
How is a cpap supposed to help someone with insomnia?
The best discussion of this question that I'v come across is the last part of Dr. Krakow's book Sound Sleep, Sound Mind
. The entire book is a fantastic resource for anyone who is fighting insomnia, but that last section is a gold mine for those of us with OSA and insomnia.