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    Default Anyone with sleep apnea around here?

    The doctors think I have it. I have to go to a sleep study tonight at 8:30. Not looking forward to it either!

    So anyone here have this? What's your experiences with the CPAP machine? Hard to get use to sleeping with it?
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    Sleep study sucks and so does the gas mask. On the bright side, it works great for a hangover.

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    So how long have you been using one? Great for a hangover?!?
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    I work in the medical field and the patients that I've talked to over the years have stated that are amazed at how soundly they sleep with their CPAP machine... "Can't do without it" and "best invention ever" are just some of the comments I've heard.
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    If you have it (apnea) you'll be happy you took care of it.Also if you are a nose breather the small "mask" is no big deal.Mouth breathers get the full face mask.
    Cannot begin to tell you how much better you'll feel in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    The doctors think I have it. I have to go to a sleep study tonight at 8:30. Not looking forward to it either!

    So anyone here have this? What's your experiences with the CPAP machine? Hard to get use to sleeping with it?
    Yep, had a few sleep studies..

    They hook sensors up everywhere, wires everywhere, say lay on your back and sleep normal. While they watch and listen with monitors.

    Lots of fun.

    The CPAP takes a bit to get used to, not bad if you have the right mask.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmaxer View Post
    ...not bad if you have the right mask.
    That makes all the difference in the world, otherwise the machine is worthless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    So how long have you been using one? Great for a hangover?!?
    Tried a couple of times over the last 5 yrs. Can't get used to them. Oxygen to the brain, great for hangover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumlie View Post
    Oxygen to the brain, great for hangover.
    Correct me if I am wrong here. But you are still just breathing room air. So you are not getting anymore oxygen than usual right? Or just getting whats there more consistently? No oxygen tank hooked to it right?!?

    Perhaps dumbs questions though....lol
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    If they show you the chart they make it says a lot.
    Mine went from maybe 80% down to about 60% then i'd "wake up" and it goes back up.Rollercoaster of oxygen in your blood.
    After they put a mask on me I was consistently 90+%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    Correct me if I am wrong here. But you are still just breathing room air. So you are not getting anymore oxygen than usual right? Or just getting whats there more consistently? No oxygen tank hooked to it right?!?

    Perhaps dumbs questions though....lol
    Just breathing room air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    Correct me if I am wrong here. But you are still just breathing room air. So you are not getting anymore oxygen than usual right? Or just getting whats there more consistently? No oxygen tank hooked to it right?!?

    Perhaps dumbs questions though....lol
    Better air flow = more oxygen.

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    Not sure about the US but here if you have it bad and drive a truck they pull your licence..
    I've been checked twice and do not have so they say but I think I do..

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    Not sure about the US but here if you have it bad and drive a truck they pull your licence..
    I've been checked twice and do not have so they say but I think I do..

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    Ive had 2 sleep study's. nothing to it. I hated the darn thing for 2 months--almost gave up on it. 5 years now of everyday use & i wouldnt be without it. You will feel much better with it-if you need it. No snoring= happy wife :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by brgman View Post
    If they show you the chart they make it says a lot.
    Mine went from maybe 80% down to about 60% then i'd "wake up" and it goes back up.Rollercoaster of oxygen in your blood.
    After they put a mask on me I was consistently 90+%.
    You sure it's not from the wife putting a pillow over your head while your asleep ? You know, married people have certain red flags to watch out for. Mine seems to turn off the passenger side air bag when she's driving and I'm in the passenger seat. Ya know, Those little things that normally go un-noticed.

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    If you have to have one there are different mask. Nasal or full nose & others. I use the full headset & I am a belly sleeper so it did take some getting use to it. I use to snore so bad & woke up tired as heck. Now i sleep better. If you stop breathing in your sleep like i use to-this will be a big plus. Youll feel like a new person once you get use to it. Good luck on your study. It will be strange. But if your a back sleeper it should be easy as heck
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    I've been snoring for years, feel hungover almost every morning, most of my friends who are of normal weight have sleep apnea. Me, I'm about 20-25lbs over where I should be, can snore people out of the room and the TEST showed a big ZERO, NOTHING. Perfectly normal breathing. And here I was hoping that that HATE I have for mornings and the tiredness I've felt since H.S. would be magically dissolved. No such luck...I had a LOT of trouble sleeping with all the gear attached to me. A couple patches came off within 15 minutes and had to be redone. I NEVER felt like I actually got any REAL sleep during the test but they dismissed me early. Which sucked!

    Everyone I know who uses the machine says it makes them feel MUCH BETTER on the WAKE UP side. Guess I'll have to resort to drugs! lol or move in with Jesse. I really don't like the "mornings" and could stay up forever, ah the "darkness" so quiet, so free of commerce and the like. Everyone "asleep". No one to attend to! Could this be Heaven?

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    Thanks guys! I appreciate it. I've heard it takes some getting use to wearing the mask and all. I normally sleep on my back or right side. After I told them that it's normal for me to wake up 4-8 times a night, just wake up, not have to pee or anything. They told me they'd give me a sleeping pill to make sure that didn't happen. My warped way of thinking is that that would throw off my "normal" sleeping rhythm. But we'll see tonight.

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    A hunting partner of ours finally gave in and had the sleep study done and wears the mask. He snored so loud the rest of us had a
    hard time sleeping. We told him get it done or sleep out in your deer stand, and not the hunting shack. He did and we now bring a Honda 2000 watt generator up as there is no electricity, he looks better, lost weight and is sleeping in the shack plus he says his wife is glad he listened to us. Do it.

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    I tell my wife im gonna sleep without it & she says "yeah on the couch". Funny story's here--hope your test goes well. Keep us updated with your results. Dont freek out when ya see all the wires lol
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    your first study will be diagnostic--to determine if you have obstructive,,or central sleep apnea. Based upon the results you may be returning for a cpap titration study-which would determine the optimal level of cpap pressure (measured in cmh20),,to relieve/overcome the apnea.In some case where apnea is releived but the spo2(oxygen saturation) does not return to acceptable levels,then oxygen is titrated.If you have a positive study,,pm me and we will talk about your options,etc. Good luck-- you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    You sure it's not from the wife putting a pillow over your head while your asleep ? You know, married people have certain red flags to watch out for. Mine seems to turn off the passenger side air bag when she's driving and I'm in the passenger seat. Ya know, Those little things that normally go un-noticed.
    Is that why her hairdryer is always plugged in and laying in the tub when I go in for a shower?
    She said she is just forgetful.

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    For those thinking about it a friend recently buried his 40 something brother-in-law.He had a mask and didn't like wearing it so he stopped.Died in his sleep and they said it was a direct connection to not wearing the thing.
    Extreme case of course but it is hard on the heart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brgman View Post
    Is that why her hairdryer is always plugged in and laying in the tub when I go in for a shower?
    She said she is just forgetful.
    I wondered why the rat poison was always on the counter. I used to bleed like crazy and had black fingernails, Could this be related?

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    Before my gastric bypass and before sleep study I had the same problem, The force of me trying to breathe would bring up all my stomach contents and I would choke on it while I was sleeping, burns like hell for 3 days. First time it happened I passed out from not being able to breathe, after a few years I got used to it and would wake up just as it would happen.

    After the gastric bypass I have no stomach to bring up anything, but I still use my Bi-Pap machine because I get a better nights sleep.

    Easiest way to get used to using the C-Pap machine is to keep your mouth closed and breathe through your mouth.





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    For those thinking about it a friend recently buried his 40 something brother-in-law.He had a mask and didn't like wearing it so he stopped.Died in his sleep and they said it was a direct connection to not wearing the thing.
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    Sssssshhhhhhhhh, everyone....Gary's sleeping.

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    I have an off the charts case. It is rated as mild, moderate, or severe. They told me I am severe, only because that's the official title. But they said if there was such a title as "really, really, really severe" that'd be me. Mother has it, father has it, we are one big sleep apnea family. It took me two months of the mask annoying the crap out of me before I finally got used to it. Now, I wouldn't even take a nap without it. It's mind boggling how much better I feel because of it.

    A lot of times, "mouth breathers" are breathing like that simply because that's the only way to get air (snoring, of course). I used to be one of them, could snore the roof off the house. But with the machine, my body is perfectly happy breathing through my nose. I thought I might need one of those chin straps to keep my mouth closed but I don't. So I am able to use the nasal pillows, which are far more comfortable than either the nose or full face mask.

    A lot of what the sleep study measures is overkill. Bottom line - are you getting the oxygen you need in your blood or not? I bought an SpO2 sensor that connects to my iPhone, with an app that holds up to 12 hours of sensor history in 1-second intervals, and can display the results in a graph. Then you can email the results to yourself in a file that you can open in Excel and analyze however youd like. Sleep study you say? There's an app for that! I use it every once in a while to make sure all is ok. My O2 hovers at 95-96 all night long. When I had my sleep study, my O2 levels were in the low 60's. Life is good.
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    If your a user & you fall asleep on the couch for a hour or more. When you wake up you know why you should of went in your bedroom & used your machine. You will notice the difference
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