I’ve been using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine for about two weeks now as a remedy for sleep apnea and my initial review is mixed.
The good news: When I have the mask on, I don’t snore. As a result, I’ve slept in the bed for 14 days straight without getting kicked to the couch for making a racket. The bad news: Keeping the mask on properly for the entire night is proving to be a real bitch.
A lot of people who have used a CPAP machine for years told me the machine has made a world of difference in their physical and mental health. A minority told me the machine has been a mixed bag or not helpful at all. I can’t say I feel like a new man, as some described themselves after using the device, but I think that’s because I’ve yet to get a full night’s sleep with the mask properly in place.
I tend to wake up between midnight and 2 a.m. because the head straps are tangled and air is escaping out the mask. Putting it back in place is a complicated task, especially in the dark.
I have an appointment with the sleep doctor this afternoon. I think I’ll make a play for a new mask with a less complicated head strap.