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.
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.