Adventures With The CPAP

by Bill Brenner on September 12, 2013

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.

Mood music:

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.

Stay tuned.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Eric September 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Bill, I just use a mask that only covers my nostrils. The headgear is pretty simple and straightforward. And it took me 3-4 weeks before I really was getting a full night’s sleep.

Penny September 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I’ve had my CPAP for about 3 years, Makes me feel pretty, sexy and roll-over-in-the-middle-of-the-night-ravage-me-desirable (not by a fuc&in’ long shot…) Anyway, it’s a good thing, hang in with it. I just got a new mask over the weekend, it’s a nasal cannula-style and I’m very happy with it. Finding the right mask is key.

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