CPAP – Night 1


They have put me on a CPAP because I don’t exhale as much air as I take in, which is a weird thing to do.  However, it appears, I take two breaths, exhale only part of them and then take a third and exhale all the air in my lungs.  Then the cycle starts again.  In theory, the CPAP will fix that.

I picked it up yesterday.  We don’t know what pressure I need, so I’m in a range right now.  The machine self adjusts the amount of air flow through the night and I can look at it in the morning.

Now, I’m used to wearing night gear.  I have mouth guards and a sleeping mask that I wear every night.  However, at some point, I pulled the CPAP mask off my face in my sleep.  This is kind of a feat.  I had to get the full face mask, not just the nasal pillows or nasal cup.  There are hooks and straps on the full mask.  Yet, I managed to get the straps off the hooks and disconnect the hose before placing it in the bed between me and my SO.  I know, because that’s how and where I found it this morning.  And I did all of that without disturbing my sleep mask or my mouth guard.

So, I pulled up the sleep report.  There was good pressure for 3.38 hours.  I went to bed early because of the mask, so that means somewhere between 4 am and 4:15 am, I took it off.

Also, it caused me to dream.  I don’t do a lot of dreaming at night (most of my dreams happen during naps), due to the clonazepam I take.  I prefer not to dream, since they are usually weird and more often than not, terrifying.  People are supposed to outgrow night terrors, I never did, it is one of the reasons for my anxiety disorder.  And it’s worse at night because I know I’m going to go to sleep and dream.  Stopping that has helped me sleep more.  I’m hopeful that this new cause of dreaming stops once I get used to it.

I awoke with a terrible headache and more tired than when I went to bed.  I would call Night 1 a non-success.  And today, I’m exhausted.  Hopefully, tonight goes better.

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  1. Lavada Kraft

     /  June 14, 2016

    So sorry! I hated when I was on one. I am claustrophobic and had a hard time. Thus time didn’t even try. Said I was borderline copd so now I am on regular o2 everynight. And man does that put out hot air! OK in winter, but summer I have to move out of bedroom!

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  2. Maria D.

     /  June 14, 2016

    My mom has a Cpap machine – loves it but once in a while she will wake it with it off her face….lol…she does sleep much better though and once she got used to it…it was true love!

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