New to C Pap

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BeautyQueen
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New to C Pap

Post by BeautyQueen » Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:15 am

I just started therapy with a Res Med machine, full face mask a week ago and I wake up every hour or either can not fall asleep at all with the mask on. Last night I slept 4 hours with the machine and woke up feeling more tired than I was before the sleep. Is it normal to feel worse in the beginning of treatment?

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Dog Slobber
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Re: New to C Pap

Post by Dog Slobber » Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:28 am

It is normal for many to sleep very poorly when starting CPAP until they get used to it. It's also normal to feel feel very poorly while you're not getting much sleep.

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zonker
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Re: New to C Pap

Post by zonker » Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:52 am

BeautyQueen wrote:
Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:15 am
I just started therapy with a Res Med machine, full face mask a week ago and I wake up every hour or either can not fall asleep at all with the mask on. Last night I slept 4 hours with the machine and woke up feeling more tired than I was before the sleep. Is it normal to feel worse in the beginning of treatment?
welcome to the zoo!

as forum friend dogslobber says, quite normal. and we don't all adjust at the same time. some right away some a very long time.

remember your body and brain are getting used to this. it's been, most likely, years of poor sleep and the brain, on one level, was okay with that. it knew what to do to get you through the night.

now, it thinks there is an alien on your face, trying to kill you!! :lol:

patience and time will help.

in the meantime, do you know WHICH resmed machine you have?

and do you know what your pressure settings are?
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Re: New to C Pap

Post by booksfan » Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:20 am

Someone else chiming in to say that everyone is different!

My husband, a long-time PAPer who started years before me, warned me ahead of time that I would initially feel like I was drowning with the air coming at me, based on his experience. But that once I got used to it, I would start sleeping through the night and wake up completely refreshed, feeling wonderful. Well, I had absolutely no problem getting used to the airflow but it took me more than a year to find a mask I could tolerate! And 3-1/2 years after starting, I am still waiting to sleep through the night :shock: . But I did wake up one morning and realize I no longer get out of bed every hour, and most nights not at all, a most welcome change. I am no longer so exhausted that I can't make it through the day without a nap. So, yes, improvement overall, and definitely cannot sleep without my machine.
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Re: New to C Pap

Post by Miss Emerita » Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:40 am

BQ, to help you adapt, you might try setting up your machine during the day or evening someplace outside your bedroom. Put your mask on and turn the machine on, then watch TV, read, play games -- something a little distracting. This helps to reassure you mind and body that the alien Z. mentions is friendly.
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zonker
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Re: New to C Pap

Post by zonker » Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:32 am

i wonder if beauty queen will come back?
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