CPAP, I hate it!
I have a CPAP that covers my nose to sleep at night. I HATE IT! I hardly wear it and when I do, I end up pulling it off in my sleep and throwing my mask to the ground.
This is seriously effecting my girlfriend's sleep as she wakes up the second I start snoring or stop breathing in my sleep. She tries to wake me up to put it back on, however, she is always unsuccessful.
I've had this mask for over a year, and I have the option for surgery, however I WILL NOT GET IT (I know somebody who passed away due to complications from their surgery). I need something that will help me to keep the mask on at night so I can get some good rest, and so can she!
almost everybody hates their cpap at first! But it's a whole lot better than the alternative of untreated apnea.
I'm sure you know that untreated sleep apnea only gets worse, and the side effects
can be devastating. I'm pretty sure you don't want those consequences
- What kind of problems do you have when you throwaway the CPAP mask?
- Is your CPAP mask uncomfortable?
- Do you feel like you can breathe okay with the mask on?
- What brand and model of CPAP machine do you use?
- Is it able to provide sleep data to you?
William, if I've had the answers to these questions it would be easier for me to answer. So...I have to guess now what kind of problems you have.
My first guess will be anxiety
, panic or fear of remaining without air while you're wearing the mask.
For this problem, I recommend taking small steps: try wearing just the mask (without the hose) around the house or while watching TV to help get used to wearing it. Then try the device when you are awake (and not trying to go to sleep) just breathing and staying calm for short periods of time.
If you have anxiety problems, don't use the ramp feature from your CPAP machine
, because the air pressure is too low and it makes you feel like you're suffocating.
It would be helpful to tell us how did you choose this mask, and how many CPAP masks did you try before buying this one?Finding a mask that fits
you is key. It depends on the problems that you have now with your nasal mask. You should be able to use this information to help you find one that will work for you.
If one type doesn't work, try another. If you feel you are suffocating, talk with your DME and especially your sleep doctor about the pressure you have been prescribed. If you feel the air is blasting your face, talk, ask questions...you get the picture.
Work with your sleep doctor and DME to find something that does work for you. It is unlikely that you will ever love the CPAP machine
and mask, but if you work with it you will get to love the effects it has on you when you use it.
If you have had the latest mask less than 30 days you should be able to go back to the DME and change it. If you have had it longer than 30 days, you might have to bite the bullet and pay for it yourself.
Most people will tell you that a comfortable, well-fitting mask is of the utmost importance. It will go a long way to help you be compliant. Keep bugging your DME to get one that you can work with.
Try on every CPAP mask
in the place if you have to - you're paying them and you have every right to pursue the most comfortable option.
Tell the DME the mask is not working for you and why. Tell them why the first mask didn't work for you. If the third mask doesn't work for you, take it back (give it a week or two) and tell them why it doesn't work.
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I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide