Thursday, February 19, 2009

the dreaded cpap mask

I remember the first time I went to a sleep clinic there was another guy there waiting to get set up. He told me that he had used the cpap mask before and he was just having another study to get it adjusted. I asked him if it was hard to get used to. He said yes, but it was well worth it.

Unfortunately that wasn't my experience I never got used to it. Having a mask over your face blowing air into your nose is very uncomfortable at least to me. I know some people do get used to it. I wish I was one of them. The noise of the air pressure alone kept me up. And just try and turn over in bed with it on.

Like I said I wished it worked for me but it didn't.

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  1. I completely agree with you I could never get used to it. I even hate the one used in the hospital but would prefer that compared to the Sci Fi masks they come out with. I am a very light sleeper and hated the sound the CPAP machine made. It also seemed to make the area where I had it on sweaty and I did not like that. I even tried adjusting the humidity and that did not work for me. I haven't heard of anyone who has been diagnosed with UARS ( Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome). I figured well it is not as bad as Sleep Apnea so I will be ok without the mask. Maybe someday if they come out with something better I will give it another try.

  2. Hopefully a mask that isn't so cumbersome will be created.
    thanks for the comment!

  3. I didn't know I had a phobia to closed tight and small spaces until I tried this Cpap and I tried it now x4. Every time my heart rate would skyrocket and I would hyperventilate. I always thought phobias were just in the head and people could over come them... oh yeah.. it was supposed to assist in sleeping??? yeah right?
    And the doctor wants me to set up appointment no#5. I shake just thinking about it.

  4. I know what you mean some things are just hard to get past, like using a cpap mask.