Sleep Apnea: 10 Days After CPAP

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The last time I posted about my sleep apnea diagnosis, I was just starting to use the cpap machine. It blows air through the mask while the mask forms a seal around my nose. This keeps my airways open during my sleep.

The first week was pretty bad. It wore my patience thin. I woke up about 6-8 times a night just getting used to the mask. Wearing it made me feel like was about 10 feet under water due to the pressure. My ears popped, and I felt just as fatigued as without it. Knowledge did help. I knew that it might take several weeks of getting used to, and that not treating the sleep apnea increased my risk of heart disease and stroke significantly.

Finally, on about day 8, I actually saw improvement. I slept through the night, and felt a little better the following day. Now I am encouraged. I think I may be getting used to this, and it might help.

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6 Responses to “Sleep Apnea: 10 Days After CPAP”

  1. Steve Says:

    Try the nasal pillows instead of the mask. I found they are much more comfortable.

  2. Steve Gardner Says:

    Different Steve, here. I’ve been on my CPAP for about 3 months and its been a true
    godsend! Your CPAP provider may have set your pressure too high. At the very least
    they have an obligation to you to let you try other masks, including the nasal
    pillows. All too often, CPAP providers aren’t really ready to be of help after you
    have your mask … keep after them. It’s their job to help you.

    Steve Gardners last blog post..Reggie White, Sleep Disorders, and a Piece of History

  3. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H Says:

    Thanks for the helpful comments.

    I was given the option of the nasal pillows when I got the cpap, but was afraid the
    seal might be too easy to break. I may try them if you suggest it, Steve.

    Steve Gardner, I appreciate the encouragement. Actually the provider I have used
    is very helpful. They call for follow-up as does the sleep lab.

    The cpap I use has an option that I can start at a lower pressure, and the machine
    will gradually go to the pressure I actually need over a 40 minute period. I am getting
    used to the pressure. Last night I did not even notice it and slept pretty well. I am feeling
    better every day.

  4. Steve Gardner Says:

    That’s the most important thing, Dr. Hubbard. Good luck and sleep well!

    Steve Gardners last blog post..Reggie White, Sleep Disorders, and a Piece of History

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    Sleep apnea, a disruption of breathing while asleep, is a deceiving sleep disorder – 90% of people who have sleep apnea don’t know that they have it! Although episodes of choking or gasping for air might occur hundreds of times throughout the night, you may not have any recollection of struggling for breath.

    Usually it is the bed partner who first notices that the person is struggling to breathe. If left untreated, this common disorder can be life-threatening.

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