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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 10:41 AM

Anyone else stuck using a CPAP/BIPAP?

I hate it. But I wonít die from my severe apnea. So I use the horrific thing routinely. Iím at level 27 so itís like sleeping in a hurricane.

Anyway, I can only sleep about six hours on it or my bad back locks up and I canít function. So I try to go to sleep at midnight and wake up around six. But the worst part is what my doc called a CPAP hangover? I apparently stay in REM sleep right up until the alarm goes off? So until 10 or 11 each morning I feel hungover minus the nausea. So I can be in debilitating pain for hours and need help just getting out of bed or I can feel like Iíve been on a bender.

Anyone else have that hangover? How do you deal with it? I think itís the lesser of two evils.

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Reply Anyone else stuck using a CPAP/BIPAP? (Original post)
Blue_playwright Feb 2019 OP
Gothmog Feb 2019 #1
rsdsharp Feb 2019 #2
Blue_playwright Feb 2019 #3
No Vested Interest Feb 2019 #4
Blue_playwright Feb 2019 #7
Soxfan58 Feb 2019 #5
Blue_playwright Feb 2019 #6
No Vested Interest Feb 2019 #8
Blue_playwright Feb 2019 #9

Response to Blue_playwright (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 11:23 AM

1. I only have the hangover when I do not use the CPAP

Following Hurricane Ike, I was without power for 40 hours. I was headed out to get a generator when power came on. Without the CPAP, I have a hangover.

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Response to Blue_playwright (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 12:25 PM

2. No, but I'm on level 13.

Without the CPAP, I'd never get to REM, and I'd doze off constantly during the day, sometimes even while driving.

My only complaint is that the headgear strap screws up what little hair I have left.

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 19, 2019, 08:15 PM

3. I have longish hair and if I don't braid it... ouch! Nt

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Response to Blue_playwright (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 04:05 AM

4. No hangover that a cup of coffee doesn't fix. I love my CPAP.

I haven't slept a night without it in ca 15 yrs, and I sleep soundly.
Problem is I stopped seeing the sleep doctor years ago, and don't remember the numbers I set my machine at years ago.
I ordered my current CPAP online years ago, before prescriptions were necessary.
It's fairly small, compared to the one first issued to me, which was quite bulky when I traveled.
I haven't traveled in several years now, and am not likely to travel much in the future, due to age, etc.
I understand the newer CPAPs have all sorts of bells and whistles, and that could be of interest to me, but I'm reluctant to go through the sleep tests again.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 11:55 AM

7. My ResMed has cool features...

It connects to WiFi and sends info to my phone about my nights sleep. I still occasionally rip my mask off in my sleep and itís nice to know how much good sleep vs bad sleep I got.

But yeah, the sleep studies are awful. And expensive.

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Response to Blue_playwright (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 10:52 AM

5. I have been on c-pap therapy for over a decade

I have never had a c-pap hangover. The symptoms you describe I felt before the machine. I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and my machine is on 16. Yours seems real high, is your mask leaking during the night. and do you have a humidifier? Don't give up, can you afford another sleep study with your equipment?

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Response to Soxfan58 (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 11:53 AM

6. Thank for replying.

Iím on my third type of machine and it took two years to get to the point that I could sleep with it at all. I think Iíve tried all of the types available. 🙁

Yeah, if I move at night, my mask leaks so thatís why I donít move and it hurts my back badly to lie still all night. I also have to tighten my mask so much that mask lines are visible until noon and i have permanent bruising under my eyes nowadays.

I didnít have the hangover feeling before, I was exhausted and sleepy but not this whole body ache, headaches, stiffness and just feeling bleh.

But I stop breathing for up to four minutes at night with 90+ occurrences so Iím stuck.

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Response to Blue_playwright (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 07:33 PM

8. This must be obvious, but might you have mattress problems as well as apnea problems?

As you say you have back problems, I presume you've done everything doable to ameliorate that situation.

Luckily, I don't have back problems, but do love a comfortable bed.
Purchased a Tempurpedic mattress 15 or more yrs ago; still using it, though perhaps it could stand a replacement.
I also use two Tempurpedic pillows and spend all night on my back, maybe just shifting slightly one way or another now and again.

I also find I have to be warm enough to not have my sleep disturbed or compromised.
I know that goes against the common advice to have a cool room, etc., but that doesn't work for me.

I also have that 81mg aspirin and a small cup of water on the night-table so that if sleep is disturbed by a small ache, I can take the mini-aspirin and go right back to sleep without much sleep disturbance.

Happy dreams to all.....

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 02:34 AM

9. I am in PT for my back. It's chronic since I was six

Weíve been talking about a good mattress like that. But I do have a pillow and it helps with the neck and the mask.

Sigh. Iím falling apart and Iím not yet 50.

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