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Only sleep 5-6 hours using CPAP

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Only sleep 5-6 hours using CPAP

Postby Guest » Sun Aug 12, 2007 2:54 pm

I'm new and am used to sleeping 7 hours straight. Didn't even think I had a sleep disorder
connected to my other symptoms. I've used the CPAP for almost 2 weeks and I'm not
really struggling with the mask or anything.

I can only get 5-6 hours sleep on the average. It's definitely not enough for me. Any solutions?
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Re: Only sleep 5-6 hours using CPAP

Postby jpezz » Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:42 pm

Anonymous wrote:I'm new and am used to sleeping 7 hours straight. Didn't even think I had a sleep disorder
connected to my other symptoms. I've used the CPAP for almost 2 weeks and I'm not
really struggling with the mask or anything.

I can only get 5-6 hours sleep on the average. It's definitely not enough for me. Any solutions?

Can you expand on your problems?

Are you waking up tired but can't fall back to sleep?
Are you taking naps where you did not before?
Are you just waking up early and alert but think you need more sleep?

Let us know.
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Re: Only sleep 5-6 hours using CPAP

Postby Guest » Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:36 pm

I've been waking up after even fewer hours than I mentioned initially. Last night I only slept for 2 hours then forced myself to get to sleep again and I slept for another 2 hours. Frustrated, I pulled off my mask and took a Klonapin and slept for maybe 5 or so hours.

I know this isn't the right way to go about correcting the sleep deficit but I REALLY wanted to get some solid sleep.

Any suggestions?
Thanks


jpezz wrote:
Anonymous wrote:I'm new and am used to sleeping 7 hours straight. Didn't even think I had a sleep disorder
connected to my other symptoms. I've used the CPAP for almost 2 weeks and I'm not
really struggling with the mask or anything.

I can only get 5-6 hours sleep on the average. It's definitely not enough for me. Any solutions?

Can you expand on your problems?

Are you waking up tired but can't fall back to sleep?
Are you taking naps where you did not before?
Are you just waking up early and alert but think you need more sleep?

Let us know.
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Re: Only sleep 5-6 hours using CPAP

Postby jpezz » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:27 pm

Anonymous wrote:I've been waking up after even fewer hours than I mentioned initially. Last night I only slept for 2 hours then forced myself to get to sleep again and I slept for another 2 hours. Frustrated, I pulled off my mask and took a Klonapin and slept for maybe 5 or so hours.

I know this isn't the right way to go about correcting the sleep deficit but I REALLY wanted to get some solid sleep.

Any suggestions?
Thanks

when I first started, I could only take 2 hours a night with the mask. When I woke up, I simply removed the mask, turned over and tried to go back to sleep without it. Generally, this lasted a month with sometimes more hours on the machine. By 3 months I was able to always exceed the four hour threshold that the VA tech wanted me to have and in fact I was usually hitting 6 hours. Now I can consistently sleep all night with the machine (i.e. 8 hours waking up only once or not at all) normally waking only because of pain from unrelated problems.

So the fact you can't make it all night yet is no big deal. It takes time (sometimes many months or longer but not always) to get used to it.
Do as much as you can with the machine but EVERY NIGHT start off with the CPAP.
Make sure you are comfortable (no pain from mask; right humidity etc.).
Have a positive attitude that this is helping you and it will take time. You can't imagine how important attitude is.
If you just can't take it any longer that night, take it off. Wake up again? Try putting it back on.
Measure your progress, not daily, but weekly or monthly so you can see your progress without daily ups and downs.
Read the forum regularly so you realize you are not alone.

Good luck,

John
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