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6 months in and not having much luck :-(

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6 months in and not having much luck :-(

Post by guzzirider » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:25 pm

so i'm 6 months into life with cpap and not going well

ran into trouble with DVLA for not telling them, after a long phone call saying GP/Nurse and Sleep specialist said I don't need to tell them I got forms sent out to fill in and after worring 6 week wait got conformation that I can still drive my car and ride my beloved guzzi!

Straight from the horses mouth at dvla you must tell them regardless of what nhs say!

I started with resmed s9 elite that ramps up to a presure of 7 and a large quatro mast, had constand head aches and irritated nose / mouth. As the weather got colder i struggled to keep the mask on as my throat got so dry and cold

Had a paddy over xmas ( 4 months in) and got a nice new resmed humidifier and airfit f10 mast that does not press on my forehead, bingo no more headache from mast and almost all the irritation has gone.

Invested in the slim climate control hose direct from resmed and all works well

big problem is regardless of how tired I am or how long I try I cannot fall asleep, can lie in bed for 2 hours with mask on and no hint of sleep. Take mask off and im asleep minutes later.

Snoring is better now when mask is off and i'm asleep so i'm assuming the 'relaxation time' with mask must be helping do something but im getting desperate and worried that I will never be able to get off to sleep

any advice or thoughts!

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Re: 6 months in and not having much luck :-(

Post by Sleep2Snore » Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:42 pm

It is difficult for some to get used to having a mask on their face and having air blown into them.
A lot of people lay and concentrate on the machine and the mask, this stops them from sleeping and their mind starts thinking so they don't get off to sleep.
You said you have a pressure of 7, that appears a tad low?
Anyway, try not using the ramp on the machine and go straight to full pressure.
If you find you are not getting enough air, your pressure may be to low.
When you go straight to high pressure, take smaller breaths until you get used to the pressure.
Put the mask on while you are lying dawn and adjust, just tight enough to stop leaks, if you get any, stop the machine and adjust the mask. Restart and check for leaks again and just relax, making sure there is no air reflecting back from bedding ect. It will take time for you to get used to the mask and sleep with on, you just have to make yourself do it. Turn the humidifier up until dryness stops, though you might wake up early in the morning with no water left, but at least you will have had a sleep until this happens.
Otherwise, as far as I can see you are doing things right.
You have a humidifier, a heated hose, a mask you can use, so I don't see where your main problem is?
Only other thing you can do is to check Expiry Relief (C-flex) is turned on to help you breath out against the pressure of the machine.
Most of what you are doing looks ok, so I think you just have to persist by keeping the mask on.
This is where a lot of people fail at the start, but most manage in the end. You just have to keep trying.
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