Saturday
Sep012012

100 Nights of CPAP

 

 

I've now been using CPAP for 100 nights and am very happy with it.

There have been a couple of nights that for some reason I put it on when I went to sleep and took it off a couple of hours later in my sleep. I'm still puzzled as to why I did that, because other than a vague memory of thinking it was morning I don't remember much about those nights.

 

A few brief points:

I haven't taken any sleep supplements during this time

I've only had two lucid dreams (and a couple of pre-lucid moments but woke up)

I've not had any episodes of sleep paralysis

I've still had hypnagogia every night

 

I love to sleep in a cold room and usually have a fan pointing directly at me, so I am also considering buying one of those hose-socks that is designed to prevent "rain-out"(condensation) in the hose. Even though I don't use a humidifier I do find that if I sleep in the path of my bedroom fan that I get a lot of condensation early in the morning which is unpleasant. I suspect that insulating the hose from the cooling effect of the fan would prevent this.

My data for these 100 days is good. My residual AHI peaks at 1.1, but most of the time is below 0.5 - even on the nights where I've consumed alcohol. 

I did have two nights where I deliberately didn't use CPAP as I'd agreed to test a sleep monitor for a hospital and gather some sleep data using it. I have to say that half way through the first night I considered stopping the monitoring and putting the CPAP back on because I woke myself snoring a few times in the night and had a few of those "throat closing" episodes, however, I carried on. By the second day (when I delivered the machine back to the hospital) I was tired and managed to fall asleep just before 5pm for a short 20 minute nap before waking and staying awake until 8pm where I slept through on the ward until 8am the following morning.

On the mornings after not using CPAP I had a sore throat and felt a bit congested. This is something that I'd become used to in my pre-CPAP life. On the second morning I woke with a headache - this too is something that had become a regular occurance and my morning routine used to involve stopping off at a shop on the way to work to buy lunch, and a couple of times a week I'd buy paracetamol.

The irritating thing is that my own ignorance (and that of the doctors that I spoke with) meant that my symptoms (headache, sleep paralysis, hypnagogia etc) weren't considered together and instead I was given a CT scan and painkillers for the headaches along with antidepressants for the sleep issues - although to be fair this was 15 - 20 years ago and sleep apnoea was even less known about than it is today.

Although awareness, diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Apnoea is good in those groups of patients considered to be at higher risk, I do still wonder how many community doctors would consider sleep apnoea as a diagnosis for some conditions in the general population.

I know that I only have mild - moderate sleep apnoea and I know what a huge difference CPAP has made to me, I can only imagine what the change will feel like for people with more severe apnoea.

I'll definitely be staying with CPAP. It's travelled well with me from home to hotels, to hospitals, to foreign countries and soon wilderness camping!

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (16)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments (6)

An encouraging blog for others to read :) I used to be plagued by Sleep Paralysis, which stopped after CPAP therapy commenced - thank goodness!
One of our customers has re-named the hose covers/sock as Hose Pyjamas :D

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKath Hope

Thanks Kath,

I miss the sleep paralysis to be honest, but hopefully the lucid dreams will continue. I can see how repeated sleep paralysis episodes can be tiring and scary though.

I've just placed an order for some hose covers from your shop. Thanks very much.

September 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterHypnagogia Blog
I have been on a CPAP machine for eight years, You are doing well stick to it. I average 71/2 hours a night on the machine i can't sleep properly without it now.

Early in the piece i did have a dream i was being attacked by an octopus and tore my mask off in a panic.

I have a heated hose cover buy rarely have to use it, the secret is is to keep the hose higher or level with you mask. If allow it to dangle down it will fill up with water.
May 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoss Simons
Thanks a lot for the purpose of amazing advice showing to this very blog page. All people decide. I'm certain very happy to search out this amazing internet site.
July 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNorton.com/setup
Norton.com/setup Online Help – To enable this protection for your Windows or Mac PC, all you need to do is download, install and activate the Norton Setup. But, before you start with the downloading process, remember to uninstall the already installed security software or antivirus (if any) from your device. This is mandatory to avoid any software conflict issue.

<a href="http://wwwnortoncomsetup.org">norton.com/setup</a>
October 30, 2017 | Unregistered Commenternorton.com/setup

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.
« Travelling With CPAP / BiPAP | Main | 5-HTP : Modes of Action? »