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Old 11-19-11, 09:34 AM   #1
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Cpap

I'm getting a CPAP fitted Monday AM. Two sleep labs to find that I darn near die in my sleep.

I'm hoping I can start waking up and actually feeling awake. My night time O2 levels went down to 80%.

Anyone else here using one? Of four kids and my late parents, I'm the only one who hasn't got one yet.


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I'm getting a CPAP fitted Monday AM. Two sleep labs to find that I darn near die in my sleep.

I'm hoping I can start waking up and actually feeling awake. My night time O2 levels went down to 80%.

Anyone else here using one? Of four kids and my late parents, I'm the only one who hasn't got one yet.


I heard Ruben made a bong out his.
I think I'd rather die in my sleep. If I wanted to be attached to a machine all night, I'd marry a 'pleasure android'.
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I have been using a CPAP for a couple months now. I used to wake up 4 or 5 times a night and finally give up after 5 or 6 hours and just go ahead and get up. With the CPAP I lay on my back, no rolling around and tossing and turning, and next thing I know it's 8 hours later.

Yeah, it's awkward, and I have to fill the reservoir with water every day (it has a humidifier, highly recommended). They recommend washing the hose and the mask every day, but I only wash the mash about once a week and have never washed the hose, (I don't see the point).

I wish I didn't need the machine. It did take a few nights of getting used to it. My parrot, who used to sometimes climb up on the bed and sleep on my shoulder overnight, won't come anywhere near me when I have that thing on my face.

But it really DOES provide me with *far* better sleep. The sleep study I did showed that I stopped breathing every two or three minutes for 45-60 seconds without the machine. That CAN'T be good for you!
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Old 11-19-11, 11:27 AM   #4
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They gave me one.

Could never fall asleep wearing it.
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Old 11-19-11, 12:55 PM   #5
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Been usng one for four or five years, took a bit to get used to it but now I have aproblem of even napping without it on. Needed ten or more hours of "sleep" before the machine and always felt tired now eight does the trick and now no tiredness.
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Old 11-19-11, 01:07 PM   #6
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The best thing about a CPAP is how effective it is as a birth control device. Cause it sure reduces the chance of sex, according to my ex.
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For years I have relied on my personality for birth control, and it has worked exceedingly well.
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You will need liquid nicotine, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine...oh wait
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The lady who lives above me used one for a few months, and the sound from it kept me up for a while.
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Old 11-19-11, 06:08 PM   #10
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Users: Did you feel claustrophobic at first?
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Old 11-19-11, 06:43 PM   #11
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I use a BIPAP, (2 stage CPAP, with lowered pressure when you exhale). I've used a CPAP for about 15 years now.
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Old 11-19-11, 07:03 PM   #12
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No, but I just use a nose mask, the problem I ran into was learning to sleep with my mouth closed.
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I think that's the issue. Sleeping with mouth open.
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I too use a nose mask. It took me a couple nights to learn to sleep with my mouth closed. If you don't, it's real unpleasant with all kinds of stuff rattling and flopping in the back of your throat. You quickly learn to keep the right stuff shut off, and it becomes so automatic you maintain it while you sleep.

Also, some machines have a "ramp" setting (mine does). If you press the ramp button the effect of the machine is very subtle and gets stronger over a 15-20 minute period (long enough for most people to fall asleep). I don't find it necessary to use it, but I did use it the first couple nights.

The only problem I have with it these days is forgetting to turn it off when I get out of bed in the morning.
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But what if you want to roll over and sleep on your side? Or on your tummy? How about your SO? Isn't it disturbing?
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Sleeping on my back with my mouth closed?
I'm good on that.
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There is enough slack in my hose set up to allow me to sleep in whatever position I want. The problem occurs when I roll over too many times and disconnect the hose from the mask. Tom, the machine I use has a sensor that ramps down the pump in about a minute after taking it off and shuts down completely after an hour if not put back to use within that time period.
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But what if you want to roll over and sleep on your side? Or on your tummy? How about your SO? Isn't it disturbing?
My father uses one. Because of the mask he's only able to sleep on his back.
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The lady who lives above me used one for a few months, and the sound from it kept me up for a while.
That's no CPAP...
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I got one a few years ago, after a "sleep study". They hung 25 or 30 wires on me and decided I had apnea, although neither me nor my sleeping partner had never noticed any problems. So they got me back and slapped a mask on me, so tightly that my face was swollen the next morning. Then they claimed that I slept much better, in spite of the fact that I never dozed more than a few minutes at once all night. I used the machine for over a year, and finally stowed it away in the attic, so I could go back to sleeping at night.
I know a man who swears his machine saved his life. I'm sure there are people who really benefit from them, but I think sleep apnea is the syndrome de jour, and a lot of people who are diagnosed don't really have a problem at all.
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