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CPAP Users: How long to get used to it?

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by Passepartout, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. Passepartout

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    Thank you. That mask looks more comfortable than many. I'll run it by my provider to see what they say. They tried a 'nasal pillow' type first on me at my sleep study, then, apparently because I didn't keep my mouth closed, they put the one that covers both nose and mouth on me. I think that after a break-in period, I'll find something that works. I bring home the 'trial' system tomorrow, so we'll see.
     
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    They last about three months. I wash them every week with warm soapy water. When new its a little tacky and grips well, after a few months and washings it loses the tackiness and slides around and leaks.


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    I'm curious if any Tugger who is a C-Pap user has used the So-Clean C-Pap Machine to clean their C-Pap? If so, do you like it?

    Richard
     
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    I barely got 2 hours sleep during my sleep study. I knew I'd have a difficult time sleeping with anything that was tethered to me. Instead of a CPAP, I went to a dentist who specializes in oral devices to prevent sleep apnea. They work by using an adjustment that gradually pushes the lower jaw out further to open the airway. DW says I don't snore when I'm wearing it. It does take some time each morning to get the lower jaw back where it belongs, but it's worth it. I use the Sommodent model:

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    My husband has So Clean and uses it each day to clean his mask, tubing and the CPAP reservoir, as they are all connected. It gives him peace of mind. He has it for at least a couple of years already. The biggest issue is when travelling. It is a pain to pack. The tube at the back cracked once and likely to be due to packing and unpacking. He snipped off the cracked portion and reconnected it and it was as good as new.
     
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    I questioned sleep doctor about mouthguard and other types. Whether that works depends on the type of apnea you have. Mine happen because my throat closes during sleep, my husband’s brain doesn’t tell him to breath,
    I slept with a night guard before for grinding my teeth. I can’t wear it with the sleep machine.
     
  7. Passepartout

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    Thanks for this. I am told my apnea is the 'central' type, like I assume your husband has. My wife has been talking up some oral appliance with casual friends. I'm skeptical, but will bring it up with the suppliers and doc as the fitting and trying-on takes place. Stay tuned.

    Jim
     
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    I have been using a CPAP for 15+ years. I did take a while to get used to, but once i adapted it has been a big help. My mask has small nasal pillows, i could not stand the larger face or full mouth masks. With mine i can easily sleep on my side, or even my stomach with slightly modified posture.
     
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    ive been looking into this myself but never pulled the trigger because as a side/face sleeper, i never thought id ever find anything that would work and stay on at night!

    guess ill have to do a bit more digging! what mask do you have that truly lets you sleep on your side or stomach?
     
  10. Passepartout

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    There were posters all over the supplier's office when I got fitted today. Like:
    *Do you snore?
    *Do others say you snore?
    *Do you find yourself waking up suddenly at night?
    *Are you sleepy in the daytime?
    *Is your neck size 17" or larger (man) or 16" (woman)

    These are some- not all- of the signs you might benefit from seeing a sleep specialist. If it's indicated, they can set you up for a test sleep and go from there. As you've read in this thread, LOTS of people use CPAP and find that the results make traveling with it and keeping it clean are worth the hassle.

    The supplier set me up with a 'loaner' machine today and sent me home with both a 'nasal pillow' type mask, and one that covers both by nose and mouth. I have to go back for another sleep study after I acclimate to it to see if it helps. I feel that I was sleeping OK without it, but at the last (first) sleep study, all wired up, the doc who read the EEG said I had numerous sleep apnea episodes, so here e are. I protested that it was a solution in search of a problem, but promised to play along.

    Stay tuned.

    Jim
     
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    52A114B3-4E8F-4315-BB3B-6FD0E2BBD725.jpeg Now you get to wear the garb.
     
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    yea i pretty much hit all those criteria... ive wanted to do a sleep study thing for awahile but simply dont have the time with the kiddo (and a new one on the way). i kinda just wondered if you could be like "hey, no doubt i have this...how bout you just hook me up with a cpap" or something along those lines?
     
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    It's probably not quite that easy, but heck, ask your health insurance what the minimum recommendation they'd accept. Might just be a recommend from your family doc. They're kinda spendy and you don't want to stand the cost on your own.
     
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    Check Craigslist for a used one, just buy a new mask.


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    My husband has used a cpap for about 15 years. It's made a huge difference for him in terms of concentration and his ability to get things done and stay on schedule. it took him a couple of months to get used to it, and I would say about six months to start feeling better. Now he can't sleep without it.

    He sleeps on his side most of the time. He's tried several different masks and the one he uses now covers his nose and mouth. The headgear is pretty extensive and goes over his cheeks and up over his head, too. I can get the name of it if you like.

    The thing is that if you need a cpap, you should use a cpap. It's not optional. All those times you are asleep and stop breathing and jerk up out of your sleep gasping and then go back to sleep, over and over--that all puts a big strain on your heart and lungs. From sleepapnea.org:


    When you don’t treat sleep apnea

    People with untreated sleep apnea (either because they don’t know they have it or they choose not to treat it):

    • are more likely to have a heart attack (Sleep Health Heart Study results, 2001, American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine)
    • have a 2 to 3 times higher risk for having a stroke (Sleep Health Heart Study results, 2010, American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine)
    • face more than 3 times the risk of premature death (18 year follow-up of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort, 2008, Sleep)
    In addition, people who’ve had sleep apnea for up to 5 years have a 30 percent increase in their risk for having a heart attack or dying, according to research conducted at Yale University.
     
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    yea, for an extra high deductible insurance plan, id imagine most if not all of the cost of a sleep study and cpap would simply just be an out of pocket expense. meh
     
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    its

    I use a Mirage Swift II, but its and older model and getting harder to find.

    https://www.cpap.com/productpage/resmed-mirage-swift-II-nasal-pillow-cpap-mask-system-with-headgear

    I know there are new models that are similar.

    My first sleep study was in an overnight lab. However the last follow-up was done at home. The equipment company loaned some monitoring gear that i hooked up, then they took all the readings when it was turned back in. Not sure if that is an option for the initial evaluation but obviously would be more convenient if it is.
     
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    You can do the test at home, they mail you the equipment and directions, you send it back, doctor reads results and determines if you need machine
     
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    The dr sets the pressure and the range, every machine is set to your sleep study. Plus they are strict on seeing the doctor who monitors your results. We were told a date range to see the doctor, which we did, and received a call a month later we were out of compliance and had to see the doctor within two days
     
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    I'm new to using a CPAP device and have been using it for about a month. It has been nothing less than a godsend for me personally. I am not that old, and in relatively good shape, but I had recently started having high blood pressure. Also I was not sleeping well and was finding myself tired...exhausted really...by late afternoon. My doctor sent me for a sleep apnea test and I was well over 30 events per hour. Since I have had my CPAP mask my events per hour are averaging under 5, no more snoring, and I have alot more energy (no longer have a desire for late afternoon naps) because I am actually getting better quality sleep during the night. And my blood pressure has already started heading back toward normal. I am now a CPAP convert and believer. I can't believe what a huge difference it has made.
     
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    The DR that sent me to the sleep study 15 years ago packed up his practice and went to work at Kaiser. I still have a copy of the prescription, my pressure setting is 13, machines range from 5-20. I have no idea what the date range is you refer to. So I have nobody monitoring my machine, only me.

    They made a big deal about setting up the pressure setting but its no more difficult that setting the time on a digital clock. I’ve purchased several machines and set them up myself, I have a nice palm size z-pap model for traveling.


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    Will you please send a link to z-pap? I found something called Z1 CPAP. Is this it? My husband is always looking for something smaller and more portable for travel. https://hdmusa.com/products-old/z1-cpap/
     
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    Results after the first night. Sleep didn't come easily. I changed to the 'full face' (nose and mouth covered) mask. With the nasal pillow variety, I just couldn't keep my mouth shut. As the night wore on, I got more used to it, and eventually feel like I got at least some sleep. The machine said I'd had an average of 22 'events' per hour. When my mind would wander, and I stopped thinking 'breathe out, breathe in' over and over, I'd get the sensation of not getting enough air and physically force a few deep breaths until the sensation passed. By morning, I think I had developed an 'uneasy peace' with the CPAP.

    Comments here and the printed material that came from the sleep study, as well as included with the machine said that it might take 2-3 weeks to get used to it and like so many here, develop the 'can't get along without it' feeling. I'm still skeptical, but trying.

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    You must not have ever had to replace machine, not have insurance pay for supplies, Sounds good if the machine still is working fifteen years later. We have coverage from insurance, and must follow Medicare rules, and at certain time period have the doctor check the results.
     
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    My husband has simply been paying out of pocket for the past few years instead of going back to the doctor again. He gets a new one every 18 months on average, as well as all sorts of supply. He just has the first set of results mailed to the online store so that they have it on file. The machines come pre-set based on his results from the sleep study from years ago. It is far easier to pay out of pocket than to subject himself to more sleep study etc especially now that we have moved.
     
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