Not good. Different.
Back in mid October I had a titration (Sleep) study done. Because I wasn't sleeping as well as I thought I should be with my CPAP. When I first started using the thing (after I got used to it) I felt great after a night of sleep. Had it for about a year and a half.
The last 6 months? Not so much. Of. That. Feeling. Great. Feeling...
So back in October I had this titration study done. The tech had me try these nasal pillows. Seemed okay. Initially.
The ENT doctor said the study showed that I had a Max pressure requirement of 8 CM. I was skeptical as I had previously been set @ 14 CM. Quite a drop.
So his PA made an appointment for me to get the machine adjusted. The NEXT DAY! I was kinda shocked about that.
Got a new tank and hose, etc. All the stuff they can give you when you go in for service(?) The consumables I guess you'd call them. Tech talked me into trying these nasal pillow things. And I REALLY wanted them to work. So much lighter. However, they didn't quite work out at home as well as they did in the study. I'd get to a point almost every night where I couldn't breathe and pull the thing off. I figure it is some kind of allergen clogging me up.
Finally got fed up with that and pulled out an old sample full coverage mask that I had laying around and started using that. Things were a little better (not much though) for a while. But now...
I am falling asleep okay. But most nights, I wake up anywhere from 90 minutes to 2-1/2 hours in. Sometimes I can get back to sleep fairly quickly. Other times, like last night, I turned off the lights a little after 10 PM and dropped off fairly quickly ~
**I swear the mask is like some kinda pavlovian experiment. On with the mask, off to sleep I go. When I think back on all the trouble I had getting used to it, I have to laugh.**
~ I woke up a little after 1AM. Struggled to get back to sleep and finally did. Until sometime after 2:30. When I woke up this time I just went ahead and got up. Because I WASN'T going back to sleep.
So the last month or so, I've been getting anywhere from 2 to 5 hours of sleep a night. 6 max. Some nights.
At best waking up once a night. At worst 2-4 times. I *know* this is a trend that cannot continue.
I haven't felt too exhausted yet. No falling asleep at my desk at work. Or on the bus really. Unless it is after a really long 12+ hour day. If I keep this pattern up I'll get there though.
But this sort of *feels* like it did before I was first diagnosed with OSA. Just not as severe.
Called the ENT to make an appointment to discuss this thing. I need options and solutions. Not guess work and speculation on my part. Haven't heard from them yet.
Also called the folks @ Home Health Care so that I can get another mask from them. One that is fitted correctly. Got an appointment for tomorrow afternoon. I'll have to leave work early. But C'est la vie!So. My fellow OSA'ers: Any insights? Suggestions? Another week or two of sleeping like this and I'll be ready for a padded bedroom and one of those shirts that have the really long sleeves that tie off in the back!
I want that feeling I used to get when I first started using the CPAP. You know the feeling where you feel like you've got the world by the ass ~ And nothing can stop you? Bounce out of bed feeling great?
I *know* I don't have to feel like crap all the time. Cause I've kicked this thing in the ass before.
AND I WANT THAT FEELING BACK!
x-posted @ sleep_disorders