I think the extent of sleep deprivation I was in probably contributed to how easily I adjusted to CPAP, too. I was so thankful just to feel better that from the start I had an optimistic attitude. My sleep study showed an average of 57 apnea episodes an hour and my doctor said I was in severe sleep deprivation. When I put on my mask I thank God that there is a solution!
I call mine my "little Friend" and no body touches my little friend and goes everywhere with me! I too was one of the lucky ones that there was no adjustment time need. That was probably do to the extent of sleep deprivation I was in.
I went through five different masks and kept throwing my mask off for six months. However, it was worth the effort for even with waking to replace the mask, I felt so much better each morning than I had in years. Glad you are noticing the benefits. It will make compliance so much easier and you will become so fond of your cpap you might even name it. Our leader BIGHAIRTEXAN calls hers "Clint".
I love SparkPeople and the people on the teams. I have so much support now! Today alone from this team I learned about aromatherapy for Cpaps and that the pillow worked great for another member on the team. Been wanting to try it but had never known anyone who had used it before. I'm also so much better about cleaning my machine then I ever was before.
I believe a lot of our success has to do with our attitudes! I also was falling asleep at work, couldn't get up in the mornings and was afraid to drive. My life has taken a total turn around since I started using it. It's been totally worth it. Recently my dad and my brother were both diagnosed with sleep apnea and started using Cpap machines. I have been able to encourage them and guide them through the process which has been great.
You were very lucky to have adjusted to it that fast, that's great! Keep on doing what you have been doing. Things can only get better and it's wonderful that you are already seeing results!
"This too shall pass"
I need to get up, brush myself off and keep doing it until I learn to do it right!
I love this team, too. And, we're always there for each other.
I was depressed when I got diagnosed... thinking I would have to use the CPAP until I leave this earth. But, I realize others have limitations that I DON'T have so I'm grateful there is somewhat of a cure for apnea.
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I think you may be right about the night terrors and that may be one reason I am adjusting well. Before CPAP, I would wake up many times at night in total terror or have a terrible dream that I was suffocating. my sleep doctor says it was my brain telling me to wake up and breathe. I can remember being afraid to go back to sleep because I knew it would happen again as soon as I dozed off, but I had no idea it was sleep apnea. Now, I have not had a single episode of this since using the CPAP, so I guess it IS working! I think this is why I am liking the CPAP. It is a little cumbersome and inconvenient but if it keeps away those awful feelings it is definitely worth it. Not to mention that before, when I was awake I felt terrible, like I was soooo sleepy. I got in trouble for dozing off at work and I was becoming afraid to drive. Nothing was fun and everything I did was a struggle just to have enough energy to move around. I still feel somewhat tired, but its only been 3 nights and I know I must be really sleep deprived, but I feel better and I am not nodding off all day. So maybe the worse we felt before, the quicker we see results. I was so tired of feeling so bad that I would have tried to sleep hanging by my feet from the ceiling if I thought it would help! I was seriously afraid that I had alzheimers or something because sometimes I couldn't even remember my work schedule. Now I feel like there is a solution. I know it won't be perfect or a total cure-all, but I do feel like things are going to be a lot better. I am so happy to have found this team. I didn't know if I would have trouble finding information or someone to talk to. I appreciate how friendly and helpful everyone is.
No worries! You are one of the fortunate ones. I took several weeks to adjust, and I still rip my mask off at times and have what I call "night terrors" on occasion (feel like the world is ending, I'm dying, etc.). I think the night terrors may occur when my mask gets knocked off to the side or something and I can't breathe because I had them all the time when I didn't use a CPAP.
I am so happy for you! Keep doin' what you're doin'!
Long Live Wombat Towers and all who dwell within!
Fitness Minutes: (10,349) Posts: 156 4/1/14 5:23 P
This is probably the stupidest question anyone every asked! But I have been wearing my ffm CPAP for 3 nights now. the first time was a little dicey--I had trouble going to sleep and kept waking up. The second time I got everything adjusted and went right to sleep--only woke up briefly once. Last night I fell right asleep and didn't wake up til the alarm went off--didn't even have to go to bathroom which is a big difference! I didn't even feel like the mask was on, but it was and appeared to be working fine. I almost kinda like it--I don't have this fear of stopping breathing or the feelings of waking up unable to breathe. my stupid question is--is this normal? So many people seem to have trouble adjusting and after 3 nights I am sleeping great. Am I doing something wrong? I do use a chin strap now which greatly diminished the dry mouth, and I got a special pillow yesterday, but all in all it just seems too easy. Now I am wondering if I am not doing something right? Or am I just major OCD about this? LOL.
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