I just read Janknitz reply (do you really knit, Jan?) and I know patience is the answer but dangit, it's not an answer I like!
LTG1 wrote:How long does it take to get the benefits of CPAP once you start wearing the mask?
It's a basic question, but so many questions are similar but different, I haven't found an answer yet. To clarify:
1) Forget how long it takes to get used to CPAP. I know that is a major issue worthy of lots of discussion, but let's assume you have been able to wear it on a daily basis...
2) I know it varies - but what about in general? For example if someone asks about recovery from the common cold, we can say: The majority feel better after 7 days, 20% need 14 days to recover, etc, etc (made up stats).
3) If it matters, or if anyone cares, my specifics: Just completed third night of CPAP and in the morning the machine index is showing around 3.0 (good right?). On my sleep study I was only able to score 9 full apneas, but managed to score over 100 hypopneas :). Oxygen low point was 78%. Overall index was over 40.
After 3 nights I definitely feel different - but it's a weird feeling - groggy for a much longer period of time, like I was put to sleep by animal tranquilizer dart.
I think I feel a bit better but definitely not "cured". My main hope is to regain my ability to concentrate for long periods. I'm a computer programmer and currently I can work for about an hour before it gets really difficult.
I want to be hopeful!
Thank you -
CURT_IN_ORANGE wrote:Read this from JANKNITZ......."One morning you will wake up to realize that you put the mask on without much thought, slept all night and feel pretty darn good. I don't know when that morning will be, but it will come. This is a great goal to work toward because then you will be able to see your progress"......50yr old male..just got cpap machine after study said i had 67 episodes an hour...have felt like !@#! for years...have asked doc for test after test....lyme even...then i suggested a sleep study...not blaming doc for not picking up on it but i am so very tired of feeling !@#!....tired.headaches....moody......etc etc..only been little over a week but read what was said and ill tell ya...i hope the heck that will be me!!!
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