Sleep Apnea

By newbie51 Latest Reply 2011-07-22 20:55:27 -0500
Started 2010-09-09 22:33:43 -0500

I have sleep apnea and a cpap machine that I am still getting used to after a year or so. I was wondering how long it took others to get used to their machines?

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33 replies

lmkilday 2011-07-17 22:46:20 -0500 Report

2 months before I was comfortable with it. I was using music to help me relax when I had the mask on. I can sleep with the mask on without having to play music. Sometimes when I wake up during the night to go to the bathroom, I can't feel the air pressure. I got used to mine by using it before going to bed so that I would not have the stress of not being able to get to sleep as fast as I normally do.

sonny2835 2011-07-17 21:45:25 -0500 Report

I were diagnosed about a month ago with sleep Apnea ,n since using the Cpap machine it have really made a positive difference;I awake energized n the morning,n also I noticed "where as I were accustom to getting up 2,3,n sometimes more going to the bathroom",now i don't even have to;maybe sometimes just once.the machine is well worth getting use to,for me,even my sinus drainage r much better when i sleep,…I'm so thankful,..

toodles 2011-07-17 17:41:42 -0500 Report

I too have Sleep Apnea and am just learning how to develop using
the CPap every night. I also have oxygen with mine. If I forget to put it on
I notice the next day a difference in my energy level.

spiritwalker 2011-07-17 13:50:39 -0500 Report

I have had my C pap for 3 years. I also use O2 with it at night due to asthma problems. You might have to try different masks until you find one that is comfortable
for you. It took me a few to find what was comfortable. Now I doubt I could sleep
without one.

runthe 2011-07-17 09:24:26 -0500 Report

Hi judith there is a site for people with sleep apena like this site called sleep disorders.
Just go to the top of your page and cllick on visit another community and scroll down to sleep disorders and you will come to the site for sleep apena. Hope to see you there.

runthe 2011-07-17 09:21:32 -0500 Report

I have been using my cpap since january of this year. I am almost use to using it, Doctor told me wednesday to use it more often even when I take naps.

sewinggranny 2011-06-23 20:12:37 -0500 Report

I have the mask that fits over my nose only. One thing I do that helps also I use a cpap that has the pan for water is that I put either a drop or two of bath gel or dish detergent in it so it has a nice smell to it. It seems to help I use distilled water in mine and I love it. I sleep so good with my machine!!

sewinggranny 2011-06-23 20:08:57 -0500 Report

The first night I had mine I felt like I was suffocating!! I had to keep getting up and jerking the mask off and catching my breath. After a couple of nights I got used to it and have had no problems since. I have had my machine for 5 years now and could not sleep without it. Hubby moved back into bedroom with me he used to could not sleep with me because I snored so bad!! My machine is a blessing!!

Brenda_B 2010-11-23 04:28:37 -0600 Report

It took me months to totally get used to my cpap. I couldn't use the face mask or the one that just coves your nose. I have nasal pillows… the air goes right into you nose. It is a bit quieter. I love the silly thing. And like other I use it when I nap as well as night time… It is brilliant and I feel SOOOOOOOoooo much better than before I found it.

toodles 2011-07-17 17:43:04 -0500 Report

How long do the nasal pillows last?

Brenda_B 2011-07-17 19:05:31 -0500 Report

I had one style that didn't last very long. Very quickly it started leaking air. noisy. The new style I have last a long time. I replace every 3 - 4 months becuase Medicare will cover a new one that often.

newbie51 2010-09-19 09:08:49 -0500 Report

I mam gradually getting to where I can wear it longer when I have it on. I can sure tell when I don't wear it. I can't sleep! Judith

soldierdad 2010-09-17 11:55:18 -0500 Report

I only statred after having the machine for a long time to use it nightly and I tell you it took about 2-3 weeks and I am now waking before my alarm clock. I use the full mask with a humidifier and can even sleep on my side. Though I am told I sometimes snore through my mask.

HisTxLady 2010-11-23 02:20:50 -0600 Report

Soldierdad I was told if you snore with your mask on it is not doing its job. You might need to talk to your Doctor about recalibration.

God Bless,

SueIzzy 2010-09-15 07:25:06 -0500 Report

My husband Paul has been using a CPAP for the past 8 yrs. It took him about a week to get use to it. He has to use the full face mask, as he is a mouth breather. He absolutely loves his and won't even take a nap without it ! and just a side note, as his wife who use to have issues with the many noises that came out of him, I also LOVE his CPAP machine, quiet nights again. LOL

bicker68 2010-09-15 00:21:55 -0500 Report

I was never able to get used to my cpap machine, I couldn't breathe right and there's noway I can sleep with my mouth closed. I'm still not getting a restful nights sleep, and I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 7 years ago.

HisTxLady 2010-11-23 02:24:09 -0600 Report

You probably won't either bicker until you can manage to use your cpap. I know I didn't until I got mine.

God Bless,

bicker68 2010-11-23 18:33:47 -0600 Report

My Dr. is sending me to a Dentist to get fitted for a mouth piece to hopefully help me., Thanks. Take care and God Bless.

jeffrey9127 2010-09-14 13:50:40 -0500 Report

It took me about a month to get used to my Bi-pap machine. At first, the mask (full face) tightness made my nose and face very sore. I figured out that you need to adjust your mask in your sleep position. I sleep on my back, so I adjust my mask in that position. If I roll over on my side, the mask begins to leak. So I mostly stay on my back. It does take some getting used to. But don't give up. It is well worth the effort. Hope this info. helps.

newbie51 2010-09-14 14:37:53 -0500 Report

Thanks, Jeff!

HisTxLady 2010-11-23 02:29:33 -0600 Report

I totally agree with Jeffrey!! It is 110% worth the effort to get it right. I got used to mine rather fast but that was more than likely due to me using o2 before I got my c-pap. But I can not even take a nap without mine, I love it and so does my hubby.

God Bless,

newbie51 2010-09-14 08:48:34 -0500 Report

I am gradually using mine more often and getting used to it. I can now tell when I don't use it and when I do. Thanks for all the replies to this.

SHARON28753 2010-09-12 22:09:24 -0500 Report

I got mine 2 years ago. I tried seriously for 3 months and never could use it. Can't stand to have anything on my face and i have insomnia.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-09-11 12:13:02 -0500 Report

It only took me a couple of weeks to get used to mine. I couldn't use the full mask so I went with just the nose pillows. I've had mine for 5 years now and I can't sleep without it.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-09-13 13:58:54 -0500 Report

After my mother died from complications of sleep apnea I decided I didn't want to die from it, so I made myself get used to the machine. It's all mind over matter!

RAYT721 2010-09-10 19:07:48 -0500 Report

mine is sitting on my night stand where it's been for a few years now. I am going for a 2nd study to maybe help me adjust the air flow because I feel like a chihuahua with his head stuck out the window on the freeway doing 90 mph. I have even tried taking tranquilizers to catch a buzz so I could sleep and then didn't work. I found myself watching episodes of Roseanne because I couldn't fall asleep til I turned off the CPAP and turned off the TV. I know that I am supposed to sleep with it but can't. They say that a bi-pap is easier to use. I'll find out when I go for that 2nd test. I am looking forward to hearing how others answer this question.

jeffrey9127 2010-09-14 09:19:29 -0500 Report

I have been using a BI-Pap machine for a little over 3 years now. When I had my sleep study, a CPAP machine was used for the test. Because of the required air pressure needed to control my sleep apnea, I felt as if I was sufficating because I could not exhale against the machine pressure. When I was put on the Bi-Pap machine I was able to breath normally, making getting used to the machine much easier. Hope this info helps.

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