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I trialled CPAP for 5 weeks with several different type masks; they were all uncomfortable and I was taking sleepers or tranqs almost every night to get any sleep at, which sort of defeated the purpose! Monitored sleep studies at the beginning and end of the trial showed a huge drop in the times I woke (fro 59 an hour to 2!) and oxygen levels, but still no REM sleep - I've stopped using the machine (the thought of having to be tethered to it for the rest of my life added to my discomfort) and am now losing weight - my specialist said that could be more effective than the machine and preferable to surgery etc because it actually seems more in my control.
dfcollinI may have sleep apnea. My wife told me I frequently have spells of not breathing followed by gasping. I told my (Kaiser Permanente) doctor so he referred me to the sleep clinic. I talked with the nurse who said the symptoms might be sleep apnea, but I didn't have any other symptoms. To be sure I'd have to spend the night at the clinic and be videoed. Well, the CPAP mask on the dummy head in the room scared the CRAP out of me. While deciding if I wanted to go through the sleep test I saw an ad for a thing called "the wedge" which is just a foam wedge that you use as a pillow. It pitches your head up about 15 degrees. I reasoned that if my problem was a floppy palette the wedge might help. My wife found one at BB&B. I've been using it instead of a pillow for more than a year. My wife reports that the sleep gasping stopped as soon as I used it. There's a few down sides: I sleep on my side, and it can cause a crick in the neck and/or back; it's not real comfortable, and you may need to scooch up several times a night.
Re: Sleep on one side — I am really curious about the one person whose symptoms grew "much worse" when they slept on their side. Really? Can you explain? This seems counterintuitive for such a seemingly mild interventions.
Bill SchullerRe: CPAP machine at night — Using a CPAP Changed my life. I wish I could break free of it for a camping trip, but I simply can't go a night without it.
BrewITRe: CPAP machine at night — Until I got tested and prescribed a BiPAP machine I was extremely fatigued and my wife was complaining loudly about being kept awake at night. After testing I found out I would stop breathing 82 times an hour up to 25 seconds at a time. That doesn't leave much time for breathing! Having the treatment greatly reduced the fatigue
BrewITRe: Surgical treatment — Until I got tested and prescribed a BiPAP machine I was extremely fatigued and my wife was complaining loudly about being kept awake at night. After testing I found out I would stop breathing 82 times an hour up to 25 seconds at a time. That doesn't leave much time for breathing! Having the treatment greatly reduced the fatigue.
nancy Re: Surgical treatment — It was the worst pain I have ever experienced and it did not help.
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