I have claustrophobia issues--just imagine! LOL But I did it. Mostly by following directions. I was taught to start wearing the mask and running the machine while watching TV or reading in the evenings, just for five to fifteen minutes, and to add a few minutes each night--and then to try lying down with it in the afternoons, NOT with the idea of going to bed to sleep, just to learn to relax with it... and then graduating finally to bedtime.
It literally took me MONTHS, AND several different mask designs, before I found one I could even tolerate... Turns out I can't use anything that goes under my chin or plugs my nostrils... I'm lucky I'm not a mouthbreather, it seems: After a lot of trial and error, the mask I now wear is one called "simplicity"--a small mask that covers JUST my nose, and is held in place by a simple set of velcro'd straps that fit over and under my ear and from the nose up--they meet in the back of my head, and lie very smoothly there... the first time I dozed off while reading in a chair... wow. I knew then I could do it... the rest is history! LOL
I now average five to seven hours of sleep a night--before, it was a nightmare, and actually felt like I wasn't sleeping at all most of the time; it was a constant wake and sleep cycle, that never dropped into the healing phase of sleep at all. I'm glad my body didn't let me stay asleep and quit breathing for good--but SHEESH! LOL
Do keep trying, it is SO worth it! That good night's sleep really helps... it's much easier to deal with the pain when you are rested...
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called t
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