WearyOne wrote:I have a strange and possibly very silly question. What does it feel like to breath with a xPAP machine? Is there anything it can be compared to, say, like blowing a hair drying in your face (only a lot stronger, I know)?
The question is neither strange nor silly.
When I had my first sleep study, I had no idea about CPAPs and, frankly I didn't even think I had OSA. The sleep clinic made me watch a video, which is where I was first introduced to CPAP, and which totally freaked me out. When later in the night they wanted to put a mask on me because my blood oxygen had dropped to dangerous levels, I resisted it. I hated being forced to sleep on my back and I was extremely uncomfortable with the mask.
When I returned for the second sleep study, I had had time to research this and to "wrap my head" around the idea that I would be needing this. I came upon this forum and learned a lot! I began looking forward to the possible benefits of CPAP therapy, most important for me being not falling asleep while driving.
So, even though I was apprehensive about using the mask based on my first experience, it went really well. At first it feels like gentle breeze on my nose, but then I noticed that as I was falling asleep the pressure increased, but not uncomfortably so. I did wake up around midnight feeling I had had enough of the mask, but after getting up and going to the bathroom, they put it back on me and I slept straight until they woke me up to leave.
I do believe that one's attitude greatly affects how one does with this therapy, as it does with everything.
My two cents