"Sleep is frustrating, elusive, diabolical....my best friend and my worst enemy."
Hello, everyone. My name is Kirk. I've had difficulty sleeping since I was in high school, but it's only really started affecting my health in the past ten years. I went to a sleep clinic about ten years ago and was diagnosed with mild apnea. I read that being overweight makes the apnea worse, so about three years ago I decided to lose weight through diet and exercise. I'd lost about ten pounds in the first month when I tore my Achilles tendon. It's all been downhill from there. I'm 45 years old, but I feel like I'm hovering around 70. I'm technically asleep for about 5-6 hours each night but it feels like it's only been 45 minutes. I have serious difficulty falling asleep but no problem sleeping through alarms.
I'm researching buying a CPAP machine and have found a few that look like decent devices. It was actually through this research that I found this site. I was hoping that someone could recommend a good permanent CPAP as well as a good travel machine. I was recently told that if you bought a cpap machine, you'd never be able to change the settings. I'm also wondering if this is correct. Also, I'm normally a side sleeper, but I found myself on my stomach when I woke up today, so I basically shift around.
I live in Taiwan, but I'm going back to the states in four days. Seeing an ENT tomorrow to get a sleep clinic night set up (but I might have to wait a month or more). Insurance will cover the ENT visit and the sleep clinic trials, but not the CPAP machine itself, which is prohibitively expensive in this country.
1. Trustworthy permanent bedside CPAP machine. (voltage - Taiwan almost everything is 110)
2.Trustworthy portable/travel CPAP machine.(voltage)
3. Can the settings on a CPAP machine be adjusted, or is it true that once it leaves the retailer, it can never be adjusted again.
Thanks for any help and input.